<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - - Mavs Central]]>Copyright 2019http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usTue, 22 Jan 2019 15:32:04 -0600Tue, 22 Jan 2019 15:32:04 -0600NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[NBA Fines Mavs' Dončić for Kicking Ball Into Stands]]>Tue, 22 Jan 2019 12:15:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1085406062.jpg

The NBA is fining Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Luka Dončić $10,000 for kicking the game ball into the stands Saturday in Indiana.

NBA EVP Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the fine Tuesday morning.

After the kick, Dončić received his second technical foul of the game and was ejected with three minutes to go in the third quarter. The Mavs went on to lose 111-99.

The rookie rebounded nicely in the next game, Monday vs the Bucks, when he became the second-youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double (the first in his short career). The Mavs, unfortunately, still lost 116-106.

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<![CDATA[Giannis' Dunk Wins Round 1 Against Luka]]>Tue, 22 Jan 2019 06:11:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doncicfallap.jpg

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic never really squared off in their first head-to-head matchup, with the enormous exception of one game-deciding moment.

The established All-Star drove the lane.

The rising All-Star had no chance to stop him.

There will be plenty of Giannis vs. Luka moments before their NBA careers are all said and done, but the first one came on Monday and it absolutely went Antetokounmpo's way. His dunk over Doncic with 2:50 left was a punctuation mark of sorts in Milwaukee's 116-106 win over Dallas, a game that featured a top international candidate for MVP this season against the very likely international rookie of the year.

Antetokounmpo finished the dunk with a stare-down of Doncic. If there was a message in there, Antetokounmpo wasn't saying.

"Just a dunk," Antetokounmpo said. "It was a momentum play."

Doncic — to the 19 year-old's credit — was poised enough afterward to acknowledge that he's still got a lot of room to grow before he consistently gets to Antetokounmpo's level.

"He's a great, great player," Doncic said. "He's talked (about as) an MVP of this league. He's becoming one of the best players in this league."

The dunk didn't certify that.

But it did ensure the game didn't slip away.

Antetokounmpo led everybody with 31 points, and grabbed 15 rebounds. Doncic became the second teenager in NBA history with a triple-double -- finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists -- and still wasn't impressed with himself, because it came in a loss and in a game in which he shot 6 for 17 from the floor.

"A triple-double from a rookie is pretty impressive," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said.

The Bucks gave Antetokounmpo a quick rest with about 5 minutes left in the fourth, up by 11.

A minute later, Dallas was within six. Thus ending the rest and setting the stage for the monster dunk.

Milwaukee called time to get Antetokounmpo back into the game, and moments later he found Malcolm Brogdon on an impressive pass from the high post for a reverse layup. Doncic got Brogdon -- a tough defender -- to bite on a shot fake and turned that into a three-point play with 3:05 left, only to have Antetokounmpo drive the lane for the over-Doncic slam on the ensuing Milwaukee possession.

Game over. There was time left, but the dunk sealed this one.

"I am happy for my triple-double," Doncic said. "But I would prefer the win for sure."

He'll have plenty more chances, and odds are, the world will be watching many of them. Greece and Slovenia are allies, officially, but Antetokounmpo won Round 1 of this basketball showdown. He prevailed despite Doncic's triple-double -- that came with him at 19 years, 327 days old, just 10 days older than Markelle Fultz was when he had one last season.

And their starry matchup that could be must-see TV for years to come was one of many international ties in this one.

Dirk Nowitzki -- drafted by the Bucks 21 years ago, part of the prearranged deal worked out for Milwaukee to choose him and send him to the Mavs for Robert "Tractor" Traylor -- was available for Dallas, but didn't play. Doncic is making daily headlines in Slovenia. Greek fans tweeted about Antetokounmpo sharing the floor during a pregame workout with his brother, Mavs rookie Kostas Antetokounmpo, who is still waiting to make his in-game NBA debut.

"It's great that they get a chance to be in the same building, both in uniform for opposing teams," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "I think it must really be a nice thing for Giannis to have his little brother there, so it's pretty cool."

The brothers chatted in courtside seats about 90 minutes before the game, posed for some photos, then left the arena together along with their mother.

"I wish I'd played against him," Giannis Antetokounmpo said. "But those few moments that we spent before the game and during the game and after the game, they were amazing."

James Harden's scoring tear of late for Houston might have him back on top in the MVP race, but Antetokounmpo is still right there. He illustrates where the NBA game is now: As on-court schemes change, the European players are feeling more at home half a world away from their homelands. Antetokounmpo is a chiseled product who seems to still be getting better. Doncic arrived polished, but hardly is done developing.

The Bucks belong to Giannis. Soon, if not already, the Mavs will belong to Luka.

"It has been fun to be a part of," said Nowitzki, who hails from Germany. "It's fun to watch some of the European guys come in and not only be on the team, but be franchise players and go-to guys. It has been amazing to watch."

Odds are, the next Giannis-Luka moment will be amazing as well.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Antetokounmpo Has 31 Points as Bucks Beat Mavericks]]>Mon, 21 Jan 2019 17:52:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Giannis-Antetokounmpo-Getty-012119.jpg

Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks' offense as usual Monday, with a little help from Brook Lopez's blossoming long-range shooting.

On the other end of the floor, Lopez helped Milwaukee clamp down in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee.

Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 15 rebounds, Lopez had five blocks and 10 rebounds, and the Bucks beat the Dallas Mavericks 116-106.

"We have a lot of firepower offensively," Lopez said. "But we definitely make our money and get our bread on the defensive end. That's what really identifies this team."

Lopez has 11 blocked shots in the past two games.

"His reads and his decision-making defensively are really, really good," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He's just getting better and better as the season goes on. He's getting more aggressive."

Milwaukee has won five straight and 12 of 14 to improve to 34-12 overall. Eric Bledsoe added 21 points, and Malcolm Brogdon had 19. The 7-foot Lopez added four 3-pointers

Luka Doncic had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Dallas, which has lost four in a row. Jalen Brunson had 16 points.

Doncic, a rookie, had his first career triple-double despite making just 6 of 17 shots.

"I didn't play good at all," Doncic said. "I missed some shots that I shouldn't miss."

After trailing at the half, the Bucks built a double-digit lead in the third quarter and led 92-84 heading to the fourth. The game turned late in the third quarter when the Mavericks' Dwight Powell was ejected after being whistled for a pair of technical fouls following Sterling Brown's corner 3-pointer. Brogdon made both technical foul shots to give Milwaukee a nine-point lead.

Powell thought he was held while going for a rebound, which prompted the outburst, Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

"He talked to me and the team about it and he's very sorry that he got thrown out," Carlisle said. "In a game like this, you need all your guys, especially a mobile big man."

Mavericks: Carlisle called a timeout one minute into the game after Dallas fell behind 4-0. ... DeAndre Jordan started after spraining his left ankle in Saturday night's game against Indiana and only taking part in the walkthrough portion of Sunday's practice.

Bucks: Brogdon delivered brief on-court remarks about Martin Luther King prior to tip-off. ... Lopez blocked three shots in the first quarter after rejecting four first-quarter shots against Orlando on Saturday. ... Milwaukee recalled Christian Wood from the Wisconsin Herd of the G League. On Saturday, Wood scored 24 points and pulled down a Herd franchise-record 23 rebounds.

Antetokounmpo suited up against his younger brother, Kostas, for the first time in the NBA. Kostas is with Dallas on a two-way contract and joined the Mavericks on this road trip after spending most of the season in the G League. Kostas was on the bench but did not play. "I had mixed feelings when he was doing something good," Kostas said about watching his brother.

The Mavs will be rejoined by guard Dennis Smith Jr. on Tuesday when they host the Los Angeles Clippers. Smith didn't play Monday, his sixth consecutive game missed and the 16th time he hasn't played in Dallas' last 24 contests. Smith and Carlisle spoke Sunday, and from there it was revealed that Smith, who has been a rumored trade possibility, will resume workouts.

It's possible that Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, who was drafted by the Bucks in 1998, made his final trip to Milwaukee as a player. Milwaukee traded Nowitzki in a prearranged draft-night deal -- the Bucks talked Dallas into taking Robert Traylor with the No. 6 pick on their behalf, then took Nowitzki for the Mavs three spots later. A 13-time All-Star, Nowitzki has played at Milwaukee 16 times in his career but didn't appear Monday. It's unclear if Nowitzki will play next season.

"He is one of the most incredible players," Budenholzer said. "He's created more nightmares for game plans. He's just a great humble, normal, hard-working guy."

Mavericks: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

Bucks: Host Charlotte on Friday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Pacers Defense Shuts Down Doncic, Mavs]]>Sat, 19 Jan 2019 20:54:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-1085396282.jpg

Tyreke Evans scored 19 points, Domantas Sabonis had 16 points and 11 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-99 on Saturday night.

Indiana (30-15) has won three of four to become the sixth team in the league to reach 30 wins.

Harrison Barnes scored 20 points for Dallas (20-25), and DeAndre Jordan had 15 points and 16 rebounds. But the Mavericks were unable to overcome a lackluster performance by rookie star Luke Doncic.

The 6-foot-7 forward scored eight points -- his fewest in more than a month -- and was ejected for the first time after drawing a second technical with 3 minutes left in the third quarter.

Without Doncic, the Mavs never seriously challenged again in their third consecutive loss.

Indiana seized control midway through the second quarter, and then reasserted itself after Doncic's ejection by closing out the third quarter on an 8-3 run to make it 84-69.

Dallas closed to 92-83 on Devin Harris' layup with 8:28 to play, but Indiana answered with a 13-5 spurt to seal the victory.

Doncic was 3 of 14 from the field. He also had six assists and five rebounds.

Darren Collison had 16 points for Indiana, and Victor Oladipo finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists.


Mavericks: Wesley Matthews had 17 points. ... Doncic had his worst shooting performance and scoring total since Dec. 10. He was trying to become the first rookie to score 25 points in six straight games since Tim Duncan in February 1998 and the first rookie to record 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in five consecutive games since Michael Jordan did it twice in 1984-85. ... Jordan has 27 double-doubles this season. ... Pacers fans gave Dirk Nowitzki a standing ovation when he re-entered the game with 2:59 to go -- after chanting "We Want Dirk."

Pacers: Coach Nate McMillan moved within one victory of tying Jim O'Brien (121) for No. 9 on the Pacers' NBA victory list. McMillan needs two wins to become the 26th coach in league history with 600 wins. ... Indiana hasn't lost back-to-back games since Dec. 18-19. ... Sabonis had 12 points and nine rebounds in 14 minutes in the first half. ... Indiana is 20-1 when scoring 110 or more points.


Saturday's game capped a daylong celebration of basketball around the state of Indiana.

The 14-hour marathon featured two high school games played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, three additional high school games that were televised, the Indiana-Purdue game in West Lafayette and the St. John's-Butler game a few miles away from the Pacers-Mavs game. It was the Pacers' latest installment of the Hickory night promotion that celebrates the movie "Hoosiers."

In addition, Indiana State held a reunion honoring the 40th anniversary of its national runner-up team, which featured Hall of Famer Larry Bird.

It's the third consecutive year the event has been held.


Mavericks: Head to Milwaukee for an afternoon game Monday.

Pacers: Complete this back-to-back by hosting Charlotte on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Spurs Rally from 19 Down, Beat Mavs 105-101]]>Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:12:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Davis Bertans hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:41 left, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from a 19-point first-half deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-101 on Wednesday night.

The Spurs blew a six-point lead in the final period, but Bertans made his third 3-pointer of the quarter for a 99-96 lead and San Antonio led the rest of the way.

Bertans finished with 12 points. Six Spurs scored at least 12 points, led by Marco Belinelli's 17.

After Bertans' 3, LaMarcus Aldridge scored on a tip shot with 1:07 left to extend the lead to five. Wesley Matthews' 3 brought Dallas within two, but DeMar DeRozan hit a 20-footer at the other end and Belinelli sealed it with free throws.

Luka Doncic led Dallas with 25 points, adding eight rebounds and eight assists. He became the first rookie since Stephen Curry in 2010 to score 25 or more points in five straight games.

After trailing by 19 during the first half, San Antonio tied it at 80 on Belinelli's driving layup with 11:06 to play. DeRozan gave the Spurs their first lead 27 seconds later, setting up a three-minute stretch in which the lead changed hands seven times.

DeRozan hit back-to-back mid-range jumpers for a 94-90 lead, and he fed Aldridge for a dunk that extended the Spurs' advantage to six. Doncic answered with two baskets and an alley-oop pass to DeAndre Jordan that tied it.

Doncic's most impressive stretch came in the middle of the third quarter.

Trailing by double digits from the opening minutes of the game, the Spurs opened the second half on a 12-6 run to get within 62-57. Doncic then almost single-handedly kept Dallas in the lead for the rest of the quarter, scoring or assisting on the Mavs' next 12 points to help Dallas maintain a five-point lead going into the fourth.

Dallas has lost five of seven, and three of its last four at home after losing only three of its first 18 at American Airlines Center. The Mavericks are also 0-6 in games without J.J. Barea, who is out for the season after Achilles tendon surgery.

The Mavericks led 23-4 early and made seven 3-pointers in the first quarter. San Antonio closed within 56-45 at halftime by ending the half on a 17-9 run.


Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed his fourth consecutive game amid trade rumors, this time with coach Rick Carlisle saying Smith was sick and away from the arena. Smith missed the previous three games with what was listed as back tightness.

Told of a Twitter exchange between Smith and a couple in a restaurant at lunch earlier in the day, Carlisle said, "I don't have any knowledge of that. My trainer told me he was sick and he's going to be out tonight. I've told you what I'm going to tell you about it."


Spurs: Rudy Gay returned to the starting lineup after missing the last five games with a sprained left wrist, scoring 14 points. Belinelli came back after missing one game with a left knee contusion.

Mavericks: The team sold out its 700th consecutive regular-season game, dating to Dec. 15, 2001. ... Matthews became the sixth player in Mavericks history to make 600 3-pointers when he drained one at 9:06 of the first quarter.


Spurs: At Minnesota on Friday.

Mavericks: At Indiana on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Guard J.J. Barea Undergoes Surgery on Achilles Tear]]>Mon, 14 Jan 2019 09:43:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1038540652.jpg

Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Juan Barea underwent surgery to repair the rupture of his right Achilles tendon, the team announced Monday morning

In a news release, the team says the surgery was performed at the Carrell Clinic in Dallas.

The injury happened in the fourth quarter of a 199-115 victory at Minnesota Friday night.

The 34-year-old Barea was averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 5.6 assists as a key part of the second unit for Dallas. The injury is likely to mean a significant increase in playing time for rookie Jalen Brunson, a two-time NCAA champion at Villanova and second-round draft pick.

Barea is in his second stint with the Mavericks after being a catalyst for Dallas' rally from a 2-1 deficit in the 2011 NBA Finals against Miami. The Mavericks won the franchise's only title in six games.

There is no timetable for his return to play as of writing.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Curry Scores 48, Hits 11 3s as Warriors Beat Mavs]]>Sun, 13 Jan 2019 21:51:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Stephen-Curry-Getty-011319.jpg

Stephen Curry scored 48 points, making 11 3-pointers, and the Golden State Warriors held off the Dallas Mavericks 119-114 Sunday night.

Kevin Durant added 28 points for the Warriors, and Klay Thompson had nine of his 16 in the fourth quarter as the Warriors received a valiant battle from a Dallas team playing without its top two point guards.

Curry's 11th 3-pointer of the game --tying a season-high -- gave the Warriors a 117-114 lead after a see-saw fourth quarter.

Draymond Green blocked Jalen Brunson's drive at the other end and secured the loose ball. The Mavericks forced a miss, but Harrison Barnes turned the ball over in the frontcourt with 5 seconds left. Curry sealed the game with free throws.

Luka Doncic scored 26 points for Dallas and Barnes had 22. Brunson had 12 off the bench in 30 minutes, in place of the injured J.J. Barea and Dennis Smith Jr.

Devin Harris gave Dallas its first lead since the second quarter with a driving layup to make it 105-103 with 5:29 remaining. Harris followed that with a 3 for a five-point lead, capping an 11-0 run.

Curry tied it at 114 with a floater in the lane with 1:39 to play, and Doncic missed a 3 at the other end, setting up Curry's winner. Dallas missed its final eight shots from the field.

Golden State had a 10-point lead midway through the third quarter, but Doncic's 3 started a 7-0 run to pull the Mavs within 80-77. Doncic hit another 3 from well behind the line to close the quarter and cut the Warriors' lead to 92-88.

Curry had 16 points and Durant nine in the first quarter for all of Golden State's 25 points.

The Warriors trailed 29-25 after one but closed the first half on a 22-10 run to lead 62-54 into the break. Curry and Durant combined to score 16 of Golden State's last 18 points in the half.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Barea would have surgery Monday to repair his ruptured right Achilles tendon. Barea suffered the injury in the fourth quarter Friday night against Minnesota and is out for the season.

"It's gut-wrenching for all of us," Carlisle said. "I really do believe that he will be back. He's truly one of the most resourceful players in Mavericks history."

Barea was averaging nearly 11 points and six assists per game.

Barea's long-time teammate Harris, who will likely see more ball-handling responsibilities on the second unit, said, "It's tough to lose on him. He does so much for our team. It's not one guy in particular that can replace that. It's going to have to be a group effort."

Warriors: Before taking questions before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised Barea, calling him "one of my favorite players to watch." Kerr added, "His story is amazing. You hate to see anybody go down, but JJ, especially just the way he competes, the way he carries himself."

Mavericks: Smith missed his third straight game with back tightness. . Carlisle received a technical foul with 49 seconds left in the second quarter, courtesy of referee Ed Malloy following the coach's animated response to a non-call on a play Carlisle thought was a Warriors foul.

Warriors: At Denver on Tuesday in a matchup of the Western Conference's top two teams.

Mavericks: Host San Antonio on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mavs Guard J.J. Barea Sustains Season-Ending Achilles Tear]]>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 21:41:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JJ-Barea-Getty-011219.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have lost an important piece in their push for a return to respectability with guard J.J. Barea's season-ending Achilles injury.

Barea tore his right Achilles tendon in the fourth quarter of a 119-115 victory at Minnesota on Friday night. The team said Saturday that Barea was weighing his options for surgery.

The 34-year-old Barea was averaging 10.9 points and a team-high 5.6 assists as a key part of the second unit for Dallas. The injury is likely to mean a significant increase in playing time for rookie Jalen Brunson, a two-time NCAA champion at Villanova and second-round draft pick.

Barea is in his second stint with the Mavericks after being a catalyst for Dallas' rally from a 2-1 deficit in the 2011 NBA Finals against Miami. The Mavericks won the franchise's only title in six games.

Boosted by a sensational rookie season so far from third overall pick Luka Doncic, the Mavericks are seeking a return to the playoffs after falling out of the race early and finishing near the bottom of the Western Conference the past two seasons.

Losing the trusty veteran presence of Barea won't help. He was a big part of what made Dallas deeper than it has been in several years, with his pick-and-roll ability and playmaking in the lane helping the offense's efficiency.

Barea was technically the backup to starting point guard Dennis Smith Jr., although the 21-year-old in his second season has missed 14 games, mostly with a right wrist sprain.

Smith's absence has made the versatile 19-year-old Doncic the starter at the point. Once Smith is healthy, Barea's injury could increase his presence in the rotation.

There's no question Brunson will get more opportunities after his role has varied widely through the first half of the season. While he has spent most of the season in the rotation, he's had stretches where he played sparingly or not at all.

After Barea's injury, Brunson hit a big 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter against the Timberwolves before Doncic scored seven straight Dallas points, the last on a 3 that put the Mavericks ahead for good with 23 seconds left.

The injury to Barea came against the only other team for which the native of Puerto Rico has played.

He signed a four-year, $17 million contract with the Timberwolves after winning the title with the Mavericks. Barea returned to Dallas after agreeing to a buyout of the final year of the deal with Minnesota. He's in the final season of a four-year contract with the Mavericks.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Doncic Leads Mavs Past Timberwolves]]>Sat, 12 Jan 2019 08:44:55 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/173*120/GettyImages-1092242530.jpg

Luka Doncic nearly recorded a triple-double, falling just two rebounds short. The final score was the only set of numbers he was focused on.

Doncic scored 29 points and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to lead the Dallas Mavericks over the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-115 on Friday night, spoiling rookie coach Ryan Saunders' home debut.

Doncic, who helped secure the win by scoring seven of Dallas' final nine points, also finished with 12 assists and eight rebounds.

"I don't care about that," Doncic said of nearly getting the triple-double. "We've just got to win. That's all that matters."

Harrison Barnes scored 23 points, while JJ Barea and Dwight Powell came off the bench to score 16 and 15 points, respectively, for the Mavericks. Dallas (20-22) had entered the game 4-11 in its previous 15 games and was 3-18 on the road.

"We showed a lot of resilience," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "Tough game, tough crowd. The road's been a challenge for us all year. I loved the way we hung in. I really did."

Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the Timberwolves (20-22), who were playing their first home game since Saunders was named interim coach.

Taj Gibson gave Minnesota the lead at 115-114 with a tip-in of Jeff Teague's miss with 35.7 seconds left. But with 22.9 to play, Doncic hit a pull-up 3 to put the Mavericks ahead for good.

"That's what he does so far for us," Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki said. "He's been a great closer for us."

Derrick Rose scored 21 points for Minnesota, while Andrew Wiggins added 17 and Josh Okogie hit a season-high four 3s, finishing with 15 points.

The Timberwolves trailed most of the game after shooting only 36.4 percent from the floor in the first half. But a 12-2 run in the fourth quarter tied the game. And with 1:41, left Towns gave Minnesota its first lead since the first quarter with a jump hook.

"We played the tempo we wanted in the second half, got ourselves back in the game, played well," Towns said. "Just some things didn't go our way throughout the night and it led to our demise. We also hurt ourselves, too."

Doncic took over down the stretch. Before the winning 3, he hit a tough runner and put down a dunk in traffic. All three gave the Mavericks the lead and all three came in the final 1:28.

"He's a talent," Saunders said. "Big-time players make big-time plays. He made one tonight and we're feeling it."

Saunders, who received a loud ovation from the Target Center crowd before the game, took over as coach after Tom Thibodeau was relieved of his duties Sunday. He won his first game in charge Tuesday at Oklahoma City. Saunders is the son of the late Flip Saunders, the winningest coach in Timberwolves history. A banner hangs in the Target Center rafters in honor of Flip Saunders, who died in 2015.

"Obviously, disappointing, especially in front of the home crowd," Ryan Saunders said. "We had a lot of easy looks, I thought. They just didn't fall for us early. The second half, we didn't do a great job in terms of communicating as a team. So, that's something we've got to get better with moving forward."

Derrick Rose scored 21 points, Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points and Josh Okogie scored 15 and hit a season-high four 3s for Minnesota.


Carlisle called it emotional to see Saunders coaching the Timberwolves. Before Friday's game, Carlisle recalled borrowing Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's plane to attend Flip Saunders' funeral along with fellow NBA coaches including Doc Rivers and Scott Brooks.

Carlisle and Ryan Saunders have talked often since Flip Saunders' death.

"You never know what's going to happen," Carlisle said. "But this opportunity is something that is great for him. He's built so similarly to his dad in terms of his character, in terms of his amazing way with people and his positive view on everything."


Mavericks: Barea left with what Carlisle called a lower-leg injury. Carlisle said Barea would undergo an MRI on Saturday. ... The Mavericks' seven turnovers were their fewest of the season. ... Had Doncic gotten his triple-double, he would have tied Philadelphia's Markelle Fultz as the youngest player to record one at 19 years, 317 days. ... G Dennis Smith Jr. did not play because of mid back tightness. It was the 14th game he's missed this season.

Timberwolves: Towns briefly went to the locker room in the first half with an ankle injury. ... Rose had missed the previous six games with a sprained right ankle. ... F Robert Covington missed his fifth consecutive game with a bruised right knee. ... The Timberwolves' 11 offensive rebounds in the first quarter were tied for the most by a team in one quarter since 1996-97.


Mavericks: host the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night.

Timberwolves: host New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Doncic Scores 30 Points, Mavs End Skid Against Suns]]>Wed, 09 Jan 2019 22:23:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-010219.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 30 points and the Dallas Mavericks ended a seven-game losing streak against Phoenix with a 104-94 victory over the last-place Suns on Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old rookie put the Mavericks ahead for good with a 3-pointer early in the second half before getting one of his five assists on a jump-pass from nearly half court out of a double team to DeAndre Jordan for a dunk as Dallas built its lead to nine going to the fourth quarter.

Doncic's solid 8-of-14 shooting night would have been even better without a couple of wild misses on 3-pointers, including a high-arching launch from 32 feet in his fourth game with at least 30 points. He finished four points shy of his career high.

The Slovenian still went 4 of 9 from beyond the arc with a four-point play in the first half, but made just 10 of his career-high 16 free-throw attempts. He had six rebounds.

T.J. Warren scored 20 points for the Suns, who led by eight in the first half before falling a night after ending a six-game losing streak with a 21-point rally in a 115-111 home victory over Sacramento. Scoring leader Devin Booker missed the Kings game and was out again in Dallas with back spasms.

Phoenix is a combined 1-13 in back-to-back pairs -- 1-6 on the front end and 0-7 on the back. It was the Suns' first loss to Dallas since a 113-108 defeat in Mexico City almost two years ago. Two of their 10 wins this season came against Dallas at home, including the season opener.

Suns rookie Deandre Ayton, drafted two spots ahead of Doncic as the No. 1 overall pick, spent the second half in foul trouble and finished with six points, five rebounds along with five fouls.

Two other Suns (Josh Jackson and Elie Okobo) had five fouls, and guard De'Anthony Melton fouled out with 7:06 remaining. Jackson scored 17 points, but just two after halftime.

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points for Dallas, making all 10 of his free throws to offset 3-of-11 shooting. Wesley Matthews had 12 of his 14 points in the second half, including a banked-in 3 for a 96-84 with three minutes to go.

Suns: Jamal Crawford didn't play, delaying him from becoming the 22nd player with 1,300 games for his career. ... The Suns shot 43 percent, ending a three-game streak of shooting at least 50 percent. The last four-game streak for Phoenix was in January 2015. ... Richaun Holmes had 16 points, six rebounds and five assists. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 14 a night after matching his career high of 26.

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki was ill and missed his fourth game since his season debut at Phoenix on Dec. 13. Before setting an NBA record by appearing in his 21st season with the same franchise, the 40-year-old missed the first 26 games recovering from ankle surgery last April. ... G Dennis Smith Jr. was out with back tightness, the 13th game he's missed this season. Most were because of a right wrist sprain.

Suns: Denver at home Saturday night before playing seven of the next nine games on the road.

Mavericks: At Minnesota on Friday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Ingram, Ball Lead Lakers to Win Over Mavericks]]>Mon, 07 Jan 2019 22:45:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Brandon-Ingram-Getty-010719.jpg

Brandon Ingram scored 29 points and Lonzo Ball added 21 as the Los Angeles Lakers handed the Dallas Mavericks a rare home loss, 107-97, on Monday night.

The two young Lakers responded to their coach Luke Walton's demand for more passion after a blowout loss to Minnesota on Sunday. The duo helped rally Los Angeles from a double-digit halftime deficit.

The Lakers won for just the second time in seven games since LeBron James strained his groin on Christmas Day, and they swept the season series from the Mavericks 3-0.

Los Angeles surged ahead by outscoring the Mavericks 32-13 in the third quarter. The Lakers took their first lead of the game late in the third quarter on Ball's dunk. They closed the third on a 13-4 run with Ball and Michael Beasley scoring 11 of the 13 points.

An 11-2 run to start the fourth put the Lakers up 96-82 with 8:52 to play. Dallas closed to within seven twice in the fourth quarter, but each time Ingram drew the defense to him and dished to JaVale McGee for dunks.

Luka Doncic scored 27 points to lead Dallas. The rookie was virtually the entire Mavericks offense in the second half, making six of his team's field goals after the break. Dallas had 11 turnovers in the second half in addition to 11-for-43 shooting.

Dallas fell to 16-4 at home. The Mavericks entered the day tied for the fewest home losses in the NBA.

The Lakers came back from 13 down at halftime to tie the score 76-all when Ball hit the second of two free throws with 3:47 left in the third quarter, capping a 22-9 run.

With James still out, the Lakers got Kyle Kuzma back in the lineup after missing the past two games with a lower-back contusion. Kuzma missed his first eight shots and didn't score until midway through the second quarter, but he hit two 3s early in the third quarter to spark the Lakers' comeback.

The Dallas bench helped the Mavs build a double-digit lead and hold it steady through the second quarter. Reserves Dwight Powell, Dorian Finney-Smith and J.J. Barea combined for 23 points in the first half as Dallas led 67-54 at the break. The Mavs shot 58 percent from the field in the first half.

Lakers: In what might have been Dirk Nowitzki's final match-up against the Lakers, Walton joked that he wouldn't match up Nowitzki's countryman Moritz Wagner against his fellow German. "Mo has talked about that he's a national treasure there (in Germany)," Walton said. "We'll try to keep Mo off him. When legends get guys that look up to them guarding them, they kinda have their way." Wagner didn't get into the game.

Mavericks: Barea played his 800th game, becoming the 11th undrafted player from a U.S. high school or college to play 800 games since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976. ... Numerous Dallas Cowboys, including running back Ezekiel Elliott and linebacker Jaylon Smith, attended the game, drawing an ovation from the sellout crowd.

Lakers: Host Detroit on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host Phoenix on Wednesday. Two of the Suns' nine wins this year have come against Dallas.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Embiid, Simmons Lead 76ers Past Mavericks]]>Sat, 05 Jan 2019 23:39:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ben-Simmons-Getty-010519.jpg

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons carried the load without Jimmy Butler. And when Butler returns, the 76ers stars expect Philadelphia to keep rolling.

Embiid had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Simmons added 20 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in Philadelphia's 106-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Embiid hit two key free throws late for Philadelphia, which was without Butler for the second straight game due to an upper respiratory infection. The four-time All-Star wasn't around to address a published report that said he recently challenged coach Brett Brown in a disrespectful way about his role in the offense.

Brown downplayed the incident before the game, and both Embiid and Simmons expressed the belief afterward that the three stars can coexist.

"Everybody is trying to fit in," Embiid said. "We are going to keep working on it. We are inching toward it, and we are going to get there."

Simmons added: "Jimmy's been great, amazing for me."

JJ Redick added 20 points for Philadelphia, which improved to 17-3 at home while winning its fourth in the last five.

Wesley Matthews had 18 points to pace short-handed Dallas, which fell to 3-18 on the road. The Mavericks were without Dirk Nowitzki (rest), Devin Harris (back) and J.J. Barea (ankle). Rookie guard Jalen Brunson came off the bench to contribute 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

The 76ers, who led by as many as 19 points in the second half, were seemingly in total control until Luka Doncic's 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining cut the lead to 101-97. The lead still was four when Dwight Powell made one of two free throws for the Mavericks with 50 seconds left.

"We gave ourselves a chance to win it," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.

But Embiid, with "M-V-P! M-V-P!" chants raining down from the sold-out crowd, drained two foul shots with 28 seconds remaining to give Philadelphia breathing room.

"Once again, we had to make the game interesting," Embiid said.

The 76ers had a 30-point advantage dwindle to three points before pulling out a 132-127 victory at Phoenix on Wednesday in their previous game.

Philadelphia methodically pulled away, increasing a 31-26 first-quarter advantage to 59-51 at the half. The 76ers made 10 of 20 field goals in the third quarter, settling for an 87-70 lead to start the fourth.

Nowitzki didn't play on the second night of a back-to-back after going scoreless in the Mavericks' 114-93 loss at Boston on Friday night. Nowitzki missed all 10 of his shots, including eight from 3-point range, while failing to score for just the ninth time in his 21-year career. He needed two points to become the Western Conference player with the most points on Boston's home court.

Mavericks: DeAndre Jordan bruised his left hand in the first half but returned. . Doncic had 14 points but shot 4 for 16 from the field, including 1 for 8 from 3-point range.

76ers: Philadelphia is 17-8 since acquiring Butler from the Minnesota Timberwolves in November. ... Simmons reached a triple-double for the sixth time.

Brown dismissed the Butler report before Saturday's game.

"I didn't feel like any of that crossed the line," Brown said. "He's vocal. He's all in and he has opinions, but it's instigated by me. None of this should surprise anybody. He's got opinions. He wants to be heard. And he should be heard."

Philadelphia acquired Butler last month with an eye on making a run to the NBA championship. But meshing Butler with stars Simmons and Embiid hasn't always been easy, which Brown acknowledged.

"There's nobody trying to figure this out more than I am," Brown said.

Brunson, who played collegiately at nearby Villanova, was honored before the game by the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association as its Amateur Athlete of the Year after helping the Wildcats to their second national title in three years last April. Brunson's dad, Rick, a well-traveled NBA guard who played collegiately at Temple, sat courtside to watch his son's best game of his young career.

"He was terrific all around," Carlisle said. "He looked right at home. I was happy for him. I thought he did a lot of good things."

Dallas: Host Lakers on Monday night.

Philadelphia: Host Washington on Tuesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Hayward Has 16 points, 11 Rebounds, Celtics Beat Mavs]]>Fri, 04 Jan 2019 22:35:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-1089940242.jpg

Gordon Hayward had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, Jaylen Brown scored 21 points and the short-handed Boston Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-93 on Friday night.

Jayson Tatum added 18 points, and Al Horford had 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Celtics won easily despite playing their second straight game with star guard Kyrie Irving sidelined by scratched corneas.

Luka Doncic had 19 points and nine assists for Dallas. Harrison Barnes scored 20 points, and DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Dirk Nowitzki, who received two standing ovations, was scoreless and had two rebounds for Dallas. Celtics fans chanted "Dirk! Dirk!" in the final minute, hoping he would make a shot in what might have been his final appearance in Boston.

Hayward, coming off a season-high 35 points Wednesday night in a victory over Minnesota, was flirting with his first triple-double with the Celtics before going to the bench midway through the fourth quarter with Boston up by 22.

The Mavericks trimmed an 18-point first-half deficit to a point early in the third quarter, but could get no closer.

The Mavericks had a 13-0 run late in the second quarter, to pulling to 53-46 on Matthews' 3-pointer with 2:13 left. Jordan followed with a layup to cut it to 53-48 before Tatum hit a 3-pointer for Boston with 39 seconds left, ending a 4:01 scoring drought. Boston hadn't scored since Smart's 3-pointer with 4:40 left put Boston up 53-36.


Mavericks: Nowitzki received a standing ovation when he was introduced and entered the game with 1:07 left in the first quarter. Boston fans stood and cheered again in the final minute for Nowitzki, playing in his 21st season, who put his hands to his head after his final attempt bounced off the rim at the buzzer. ... Dallas, which ended a nine-game road losing skid Wednesday with a victory at Charlotte, fell to 3-14 on the road.

Celtics: Tatum, a last-minute starter at forward with Marcus Morris out because of a stiff neck, scored 10 points in the first quarter. ... Daniel Theis had 13 rebounds. ... Rookie Brad Wanamaker scored a career-high eight points, three better than his previous high. ... Irving was on the bench, still recovering after scratching both corneas in a collision Monday at San Antonio. Irving also sat out Wednesday against Minnesota.


Mavericks: At Philadelphia on Saturday night to end a four-game trip.

Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Monday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[On Basketball: International Stars Leaving Mark on NBA]]>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 21:17:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-010219.jpg

Go back to the 1999-2000 NBA season, and there were only two foreign-born players in the NBA who averaged 15 points per game: Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan.

This season, there are 24 names on that list -- by far the most in league history.

The NBA international imprint just keeps getting bigger, providing the sort of transformative impact the likes of which the league probably hasn't seen since the ABA merger.

One of the MVP front-runners at this point is Greece's Giannis Antetokounmpo, who has led Milwaukee to the NBA's best record entering Wednesday. Dallas' Luka Doncic looks like an overwhelming favorite to become the first Slovenian rookie of the year. Cameroon's Joel Embiid might be the dominant big man in the league, and keeps getting better for Philadelphia.

These aren't just some guys taking up roster spots, either.

These are franchise players. At least one-third of the league's teams have a foreign-born player who would classify as its best, or at least its most important.

"It's been fun to watch over the last two decades, where the game started internationally and where it is now," said Dirk Nowitzki, the German who became the biggest star in Dallas Mavericks' history. "I think the game has grown globally, China, Australia, Africa, Europe, South America. I think we've got 150 international players in the league or more. It's been fun to watch."

Just take a peek at Tuesday's boxscores to see the impact.

-- There were six guys with 12 or more rebounds, five of them born outside the U.S.

-- There were six guys with seven or more assists, all of them born outside the U.S.

-- There were four guys with three or more blocks, all of them born outside the U.S.

Nikola Jokic had 19 points, 14 rebounds and 15 assists for Denver, and it might not have even been his best game of the season. Jokic is Serbian -- and represents how the game is played today. He's a 7-footer. Big, fast and skilled. He's going to be a problem for teams for a long time, and is the biggest reason why the Nuggets entered Wednesday atop the Western Conference.

The NBA has utilized a `USA vs. The World' format in what used to be called the rookie game at All-Star weekend since 2014, and maybe it's time to think about doing something like that in the varsity matchup as well.

Think about this possibility: Antetokounmpo, Doncic, Embiid, Jokic and Ben Simmons starting. Select Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela and Nikola Vucevic as the backup big men. Ricky Rubio, Danilo Gallinari, Buddy Hield and Bojan Bogdanovic as backup guards and wings. Jamal Murray, Jonas Valanciunas and Boban Marjanovic would be snubbed on this 12-man mythical roster.

And that scenario even has Australian-born Kyrie Irving playing for the U.S. side in this made-up game.

The U.S. team led by LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis would probably still win. But it might be worth the NBA taking a look at this sort of format before too long.

"You've got guys coming from everywhere and anybody now in the world, you know if you work hard you can come play in the NBA," said Charlotte's Tony Parker, who was born in Belgium.

There's a myriad of theories on why this is happening.

The one that makes the most sense is that the game is basically beamed in real time right now to every phone in the world. Young players like Doncic can see fellow Europeans succeed in the NBA while oohing and aahing over their basketball heroes -- and for the Mavericks rookie, it was LeBron. Embiid went slightly more old school, saying his favorite all-timer is former MVP Hakeem Olajuwon. Antetokounmpo modeled some of his game after Scottie Pippen.

The seeds have been planted over these last 20 years.

It was only a matter of time before they bore this sort of fruit.

"We just know what this game is about," Doncic said of the young foreign cluster of stars. "I don't know if people think international players aren't that good, but I think we showed up."

AP Sports Writer Steve Reed in Charlotte, North Carolina contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Early Shooting Barrage Lifts Mavs to Rare Road Victory]]>Wed, 02 Jan 2019 21:05:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-120818.jpg

Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. fueled an early long-range shooting blitz and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Charlotte Hornets 122-84 on Wednesday night to end a nine-game road skid.

Doncic and Smith each had 18 points, and Harrison Barnes added 17. The Mavericks hit 10 first-quarter 3-pointers -- three from Doncic and two from Smith -- and finished with 18 overall.

Dallas won its first road game since Nov. 28. It entered the game with a NBA-worst 2-16 road record, compared to 15-3 at home.

The Mavericks led 42-26 after the first quarter, and Charlotte got no closer than 18 the rest of the game. Dallas led by at least 20 points for the final 26 1/2 minutes.

Dwight Powell scored 15 points, Wesley Matthews had 11, and DeAndre Jordan had eight points and 13 rebounds. Doncic added 10 rebounds and Smith seven assists, and the Mavericks didn't use any of their starters for more than 29 minutes in the game.

Charlotte was led by Kemba Walker's 11 points. Walker made 4 of 14 shots and missed all five of his 3-point tries in 27 minutes. He was pulled with 3:15 left in the third quarter and didn't return.

Mavericks: Fayetteville native Smith played one year at N.C. State and bought 25 tickets for Wednesday's game. He had many other friends and family in attendance in his lone trip to his home state. He was one of three Mavericks with local ties; Barnes played at North Carolina, and 11th-year Dallas assistant coach Darrell Armstrong is a Gastonia native who played at Fayetteville State.

Hornets: They started only their fourth different lineup of the season Wednesday after Jeremy Lamb (right hamstring) and Cody Zeller (broken right hand) were injured in Monday's 125-100 home win over Orlando. Walker and Devonte Graham opened at guard, Nic Batum and Marvin Williams at forward and Willy Hernangomez at center. Graham, a 2018 second-round pick out of Kansas, made his first career start.

Mavericks: Visit Boston Celtics on Friday.

Hornets: Begin a six-game, 10-day trip on Saturday in Denver. Charlotte also visits Phoenix, the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland, Sacramento and San Antonio before returning home Jan. 17 against Sacramento.

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<![CDATA[Westbrook Rebounds With Triple-Double as Thunder Beat Mavs]]>Mon, 31 Dec 2018 22:17:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Russell-Westbrook-Getty-123118.jpg

Russell Westbrook had 32 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder gained a split of their back-to-back against the Dallas Mavericks, never trailing in a 122-102 victory on Monday night.

Paul George added 22 points and Jerami Grant had 16 for the Thunder, who had dropped three of their last four games. That included a 105-103 loss at Dallas on Sunday, when Oklahoma City blew a six-point lead in the final 1:59 and Westbrook went 4 of 22 from the field and scored only nine points.

Westbrook promised after that game, "We play tomorrow and I'll be better from then on," and was true to his word, going 13 of 24 from the field and knocking down midrange bank shots with regularity as the Thunder built a 60-43 halftime lead.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle burned five of his seven timeouts in the first half in an effort to stem the tide, but the Mavericks proved unable to overcome a 1-for-9 start from the field. Dallas committed 29 turnovers, the most ever by a Thunder opponent.

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 25 points, matching his career high with seven 3-pointers in nine attempts, and Luca Doncic had 17 points. The Mavericks are 2-16 on the road, offsetting their 15-3 home record.

As the Mavericks were misfiring to start the game, George scored 16 points in the first quarter as Oklahoma City built a 17-point lead. The Thunder led by as many as 22 in the first half.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Dennis Smith Jr. and Doncic pulled Dallas within 69-57, but a bucket by George, a steal and layup by Westbrook and an alley-oop dunk by Grant off Westbrook's pass led Carlisle to burn his final timeout at the 6:45 mark of the third quarter, with his team down 75-57.

Despite going 8 of 13 from 3-point range in the quarter, Dallas made no headway, trailing 92-75 at its end. Barnes hit two more 3-pointers to cut the margin to 94-81 with 10:59 left, but George scored and Abdel Nader followed with a 3-pointer to rebuild Oklahoma City's lead. Dallas came no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

Mavericks: F Wesley Matthews returned after missing two games with right foot soreness, but Dallas made F Dirk Nowitzki inactive, citing "return from injury management" after he played 10 minutes on Sunday night . The Mavericks were called for a technical foul with 6:43 left after Carlisle called a timeout Dallas did not have . Dallas went 14 of 38 from 3-point range.

Thunder: C Steven Adams had 12 points and 13 rebounds . Nerlens Noel scored 15 points in 15 minutes . G Alex Abrines sat out due to what the team called personal reasons. . G Terrance Ferguson started despite being listed as questionable with a stomach illness . The Thunder are 9-2 on New Year's Eve since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City . After playing Dallas on consecutive days, the Thunder won't see the Mavericks again until March 31.

Mavericks: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday.

Thunder: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Doncic, Smith Key Mavs' Late Surge to Beat Thunder]]>Sun, 30 Dec 2018 23:57:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavericksAP_18365090508724.jpg

Dennis Smith Jr. was coming off a last-second gaffe in a Dallas loss when the second-year guard came through with two critical plays in a win over Oklahoma City: one at each end of the court.

The 21-year-old hit the go-ahead layup before defending on a miss by Paul George , and the Dallas Mavericks surged past the Thunder late in a 105-103 victory Sunday night.

Smith's key moments came two nights after he failed to get a shot off before the buzzer -- and missed it anyway -- in a 114-112 loss at New Orleans. It was his first game back after missing 11 with a sprained right wrist.

The loss to the Pelicans was the second of two straight games against them, with Dallas winning the first. Now the Mavericks will play two in a row against the Thunder, this time in a back-to-back at Oklahoma City on Monday night.

"I am just trying to earn my respect in this league," said Smith, who scored 14 points while backcourt mate and 19-year-old rookie sensation Luka Doncic led Dallas with 25 points.

George scored the last 13 points for Oklahoma City and finished with 36, but he missed the pull-up jumper with Smith defending with 2 seconds left.

The Thunder still had a chance with 1.7 seconds left, but Russell Westbrook missed a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to wrap up a rough shooting night for the 2017 MVP. He was 4 of 22 for nine points with nine rebounds and eight assists.

It was the first time since April 12, 2017, that Westbrook didn't finish in double figures in at least one of those three categories.

"We got lucky because he had an off shooting night," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "And knowing him, I'm not looking forward to tomorrow night."

The Thunder led by as many as six in the final two minutes fueled by a pair of 3s from George, but the Mavericks chipped away thanks to missed shots and turnovers by Oklahoma City.

Smith's layup for a 104-103 lead came after he dribbled away from the basket and reversed course to the hoop, easily speeding past Dennis Schroder and hitting the shot over a leaping Westbrook.

"I think there were some times where we did a great job defensively, and obviously there were some other times we broke down," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.

DeAndre Jordan, who had 12 points and 17 rebounds, pulled Dallas to 101-99 with a thunderous dunk. The Thunder turned it over but Westbrook knocked away Harrison Barnes' pass to Doncic. Trailing the play, Jordan grabbed the loose ball and dunked without taking a dribble.

George was 12 of 24 from the field but just 3 of 11 from 3 as the Thunder shot 24 percent from beyond the arc. Westbrook missed all eight of his attempts from long range.

The Mavericks took their first 10-point lead on a 3 from Doncic while the Thunder went without a field goal for more than six minutes to start the third quarter. The lead reached 13 in the final minute of the third on a 3 from J.J. Barea.

The Dallas lead was gone less than four minutes into the fourth quarter, with Oklahoma City getting even at 86 on a floater from Schroder, who scored 19 points.

Thunder: Lost for first time with George scoring at least 30 points after winning the first five this season. ... Westbrook got a technical after he didn't get a call on a bump from Maxi Kleber when he drove for a layup that was short. ... Jerami Grant and Patrick Patterson scored 10 points apiece while Steven Adams had nine rebounds and eight points.

Mavericks: Won their 13th out of last 14 home games to improve to 15-3 at American Airlines Center. ... Barnes had 16 points, and Dorian Finney-Smith added 10. ... G Wesley Matthews missed his second game with right foot soreness. ... Smith got a technical for complaining going into a timeout about a no-call when Westbrook made contact with his face.

It was the fourth time this month that Westbrook has shot less than 25 percent of the field. "Missing and making shots is part of the game, but I got to do a better job and that's on me," Westbrook said.

The first of Dirk Nowitzki's six points came on a 3 with 34 seconds left in the first quarter, but the fellow German Schroder hit one in transition 5 seconds later to finish the scoring in an entertaining first quarter. Oklahoma City led 28-27 after the first.

The teams finish a back-to-back against each other Monday in Oklahoma City.

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<![CDATA[Davis, Pelicans Hold Off Doncic-Led Mavs 114-112]]>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 23:28:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pelicansAP_18363067120864.jpg

Anthony Davis hit a go-ahead, fall-away jumper with 43.9 seconds left and scored a season-high 48 points to out duel rookie Luka Doncic and lift the New Orleans Pelicans over the Dallas Mavericks 114-112 on Friday night.

Davis was fouled on the shot and made the free throw for a two-point lead. Dallas got two more possessions, but Doncic had a layup blocked by Jrue Holiday, Dennis Smith Jr. missed a 3-pointer and the Mavericks couldn't get off a shot on a final possession with four seconds left.

Davis also grabbed 17 rebounds and New Orleans snapped a five-game skid. The Pelicans dominated in the paint, scoring 70 points, including 22 from Julius Randle.

Doncic scored 34 points and hit 7 of 10 3-pointers, and Harrison Barnes had 21 points.

Dallas set up for its final possession with Smith inbounding the ball. Smith got it back and drove into the lane against Davis, but his scoop shot did not beat the buzzer and fell off the rim anyway.

The Mavericks outscored the Pelicans from long range in the first half, cruising to a 66-55 lead by making 10 of 19 3-pointers while holding New Orleans to just 1 of 13 from behind the arc.

Davis kept the Pelicans in the game with 22 first-half points on 9-of-15 shooting. Holiday had 14 first-half points, but seven of the Pelicans' other nine players had two or fewer points.

New Orleans chipped away, outscoring Dallas 31-22 in the third quarter to pull within 88-86.

The Pelicans took their first lead since late in the first quarter on Frank Jackson's 3-pointer from the right baseline, which put them up 99-96 with 7:43 left. J.J. Barea answered with a 3-pointer a few seconds later for Dallas.

Davis made a 15-foot fadeaway over Jordan to tie it at 105 with 3:59 left, and his floating right-hand hook and 18-foot jumper on two of the Pelicans' next three possessions gave New Orleans a 111-109 lead.

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<![CDATA[Doncic Helps Mavs Top Pelicans 122-119 to End 6-game Skid]]>Sat, 29 Dec 2018 23:27:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallasAP_18361150720538.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 21 points, including the tiebreaking free throws with 30 seconds left, and the Dallas Mavericks ended a six-game losing streak with a 122-119 victory against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old rookie made 11 of 12 free throws, including the last three points of the game in the final half-minute. He missed one of two after rebounding a miss on a 3-pointer from Anthony Davis, who had 32 points and 18 rebounds in the fifth consecutive loss for the Pelicans.

Davis missed another 3 with a chance to tie in the final seconds, and Doncic got the rebound again to finish one rebound shy of a triple-double. The Slovenian had 10 assists in the first of two straight games between these teams.

DeAndre Jordan had 20 points on 7-of-7 shooting and 12 rebounds for his 22nd double-double.

The backup guard duo of J.J. Barea and Devin Harris carried the Mavericks through most of the fourth quarter. Barea had 11 of his 18 in the final quarter, including 3-of-3 shooting on 3-pointers, and Harris scored 10 of his 16 in the fourth.

Jrue Holiday scored 25 points, and Julius Randle had 23 points, including 11-of-13 shooting on free throws, against his hometown team.

The Mavericks ended a streak of five straight games of allowing at least 120 points while ending a losing skid that had matched their season high.

Maxi Kleber had a career-high six blocks as the Mavericks finished with a season-high 13. Kleber had 10 points. Harrison Barnes scored 16.

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<![CDATA[Lillard Scores 33, Trail Blazers Top Mavericks in OT]]>Sun, 23 Dec 2018 23:07:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Damian-Lillard-Getty-122318.jpg

Damian Lillard scored 33 points and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Dallas Mavericks their sixth straight loss, 121-118 in overtime Sunday night.

Jusuf Nurkic added 10 points and 12 rebounds for his 16th double-double this season for Portland, which has won four of its last five games.

Harrison Barnes led the slumping Mavericks with 27 points. Rookie sensation Luka Doncic had 23 points and 11 rebounds, including a buzzer-beating corner 3-pointer that sent the game into overtime tied at 107.

Maurice Harkless' layup gave Portland a 114-109 lead with 2:43 to go in the extra period. DeAndre Jordan's dunk pulled the Mavs to 116-115 with under a minute left, but Lillard's layup kept Portland in front with 34.2 seconds to go and the Blazers held on.

Portland led by 14 in the third quarter but the Mavericks closed the gap in the fourth.

Barnes and Wesley Matthews made consecutive 3s to bring Dallas to 100-98 with 3:56 left. Matthews, a former Blazer, added another 3 to put Dallas up 101-100.

After Doncic's free throw, Harkless hit a 3-pointer to put Portland back in front 103-102 with 1:42 to go. The teams traded baskets before Lillard's layup made it a three-point game.

As time expired, Doncic hit a corner 3 over Harkless' outstretched arms.

It was the fourth game of a road trip and the second half of a back-to-back for Dallas. The Mavericks lost to the Golden State Warriors 120-116 on Saturday night.

Doncic, the NBA's leading rookie scorer, was questionable with a right hip injury but he started.

Doncic had an immediate impact with seven early points, including a tip that gave the Mavericks a 17-12 lead midway through the first quarter. Evan Turner's basket tied it at 23 as the quarter came to a close.

The Blazers went on a 16-2 run to pull in front 58-47 and led 62-52 at halftime. Portland scored 37 points in the second quarter.

The Mavs played without Dennis Smith Jr., who has a strained right wrist. They also were without Dirk Nowitzki, who is being limited after returning from left ankle surgery that kept him out of the team's first 26 games. Nowitzki, who has appeared in five games, played 13 minutes against the Warriors and scored three points.

The Blazers were coming of a 120-90 loss on Friday night to Utah, their worst defeat at home in nearly 14 years. It snapped a three-game winning streak.

Mavericks: Dallas beat the Blazers 111-102 at home on Dec. 4. This was the second of four meetings between the teams this season.

Trail Blazers: With a 3-pointer in the first half, CJ McCollum moved past Damon Stoudamire (717) into fifth on the Blazers' career list for 3s. ... Portland's second-quarter points (37) were the most the team had scored in the period this season.

Mavericks: Return home to face New Orleans on Wednesday.

Trail Blazers: On the road on Christmas Day against the Utah Jazz.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Durant Scores 29 Points, Warriors Hold Off Mavericks]]>Sat, 22 Dec 2018 22:55:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kdsmileus.jpg

Kevin Durant had 29 points with a key 3-pointer with 15 seconds left, and added 12 rebounds and eight assists, as the Golden State Warriors held off a fourth-quarter rally and beat the Dallas Mavericks 120-116 on Saturday night.

Durant and Andre Iguodala made consecutive 3s for the Warriors late in the third for a 94-87 lead entering the final 12 minutes, then the Warriors extended the lead to double digits before the Mavericks made a game of it in the closing minutes.

Harrison Barnes' jumper with 1:20 remaining against his former team got Dallas within 117-115, then Durant missed a layup on the other end.

Stephen Curry contributed 22 points, five rebounds and five assists and Jonas Jerebko provided a nice boost with a season-high 23 points on 10-for-12 shooting with six rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. The made field goals also were his most this season, and Jerebko received a rousing ovation when he took a seat with 6:39 to play.

Mavericks rookie sensation Luka Doncic made 5 of 11 shots with three 3-pointers in the first half for 14 of his 19 points, helping Dallas take a 61-58 lead at intermission. DeAndre Jordan matched his season high with 23 rebounds, getting 12 before the break.

Draymond Green had 14 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in Golden State's 12th straight victory against the Mavericks at Oracle Arena.

Green, limited by injuries, vowed that his shots would start falling. He hit just his second and third 3-pointers since early November, then gestured at the Mavericks to guard him. Green had been 1 of 16 from deep since making two on Halloween.

Wesley Matthews scored 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting as Dallas lost its fifth straight.

The Mavericks beat the two-time defending champions 112-109 at Dallas on Nov. 17.

Both teams played the first night of back-to-backs.

Georgia Wilton, an usher at Oracle Arena for 23 years, was honored during the second quarter with a tribute on the scoreboard from Warriors COO Rick Welts. Her photo was shown with the message "In Loving Memory of Georgia Wilton."

Her daughters, June and Carol, were in attendance and shown on the screen.

Mavericks: Jordan's rebounds were four off his career-best of 27. ... Barnes made three of his initial five shots for eight quick points and scored 17, but missed all seven of his 3-point tries. ... G Dennis Smith Jr. sat out his ninth game with a sprained right wrist. ... The Mavericks dropped to 2-13 on the road and 1-11 away vs. the Western Conference. ... Dallas hasn't won on the Warriors' home floor since a 112-103 victory on April 12, 2012.

Warriors: Golden State is 7-4 following a loss after falling 108-103 at Utah on Wednesday. ... Playing again Sunday, this will be the second of three back-to-backs in which both games are home for Golden State.

Mavericks: At Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

Warriors: Host the Clippers on Sunday night in their sixth time playing consecutive nights.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Clippers Snap Losing Streak By Holding Off Mavericks]]>Fri, 21 Dec 2018 05:53:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Lou Williams' return from injury provided a much-needed lift for the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 6-foot-1 guard, who missed the past four games due to a sore left hamstring, scored 13 of his 26 points during the fourth quarter to help the Clippers hold off the Dallas Mavericks 125-121 on Thursday night and snap a four-game losing streak.

"It was a good game for me," Williams said. "It's good to get a win. We've had a rough stretch of games and it is good to move forward."

Maxi Kieber's jumper put the Mavericks up 109-104 with 5:14 remaining before the Clippers regained control with a 15-2 run. Danilo Gallinari, who led the Clippers with 32 points, had nine points during the rally and Williams made a pair of free throws with 3:08 remaining to give the Clippers a 113-111 lead, which they wouldn't relinquish. That was part of 12 straight Los Angeles points that gave the Clippers an eight-point lead with 1:02 remaining.

Dallas, which has dropped its last four, made a late run to get within 123-121 but Tobias Harris made a pair of free throws to ice it.

"Lou was fantastic. Early on I thought his passing was fantastic and then he started the scoring barrage down the stretch," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "He gives us a confidence when you have him on the floor. It's not necessarily you are going to go to him but he is going to be involved."

Rookie Luka Doncic scored a season-high 32 points for the Mavericks and JJ Barea added 19. DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 22 rebounds in his first game back at Staples Center against his former team.

"He was great. He made a lot of plays and made a lot of shots," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said of Doncic. "He got to the free throw line a lot. An awful lot (9 of 13). He made a lot of good things happen."

Dallas trailed 89-82 at the start of the fourth quarter before scoring eight straight points to take the lead, with six coming from Devin Harris. That would be the first of six lead changes and four ties over the final 10 minutes.

Los Angeles led 32-30 early in the second quarter before scoring seven straight points. The Clippers would lead by as many as 13 late in the quarter before going to halftime up 65-54.

Dallas trailed 69-58 less than three minutes into the third quarter before it started to steadily whittle down the deficit. Doncic scored six points during an 8-1 run that got the Mavericks within four. Devin Harris' layup with 1:14 remaining drew the Mavericks within 85-82 before the Clippers scored the final four points of the quarter.


Mavericks: G Dennis Smith Jr. (right wrist sprain) missed his eighth game. ... Doncic has scored 20 or more points in 16 games this season. ... Harrison Barnes scored 14 of his 16 points in the first half. ... Harris added 13 points.

Clippers: Los Angeles had its second-best shooting game of the season, making 56.6 percent from the field (47 of 83). It made 59 percent against New Orleans on Dec. 3. . ... Montrezl Harrell scored 14 of his 18 points in the first half. ... Harris had 16 points and nine rebounds. He made all eight of his free-throw attempts.


The Clippers played a video thanking Jordan for his 10 seasons with the franchise during the first timeout.

It was Jordan's third game in Staples Center this season, but this was the first time it came against his former club. Jordan, who opted out of his contract with the Clippers during the offseason and signed a one-year deal with Dallas, holds the Clippers' record for most games played, field goal percentage, rebounds and blocked shots.

"I wish we won the game, but it was fun to be back in front of Clippers fans," Jordan said. "I watched a little bit of the video. I thought it was great. I really appreciate those guys doing that."

Rivers said that he hopes the franchise eventually retires Jordan's jersey.

"It all started with him. When you think of the LA Clippers you think of DeAndre," Rivers said.


Mavericks: Visit Golden State on Saturday. Dallas won the first meeting 112-109 on Nov. 17.

Clippers: Host Denver on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Nuggets Win 7th Straight at Home by Beating Mavs]]>Tue, 18 Dec 2018 22:57:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Nikola Jokic had 32 points and 16 rebounds, Jamal Murray dished out a career-high 15 assists and the Denver Nuggets extended their home winning streak to seven games by beating the Dallas Mavericks 126-118 on Tuesday night.

At 21-9, the Nuggets matched the 1976-77 squad for the best start through 30 games in franchise history. They also remain on top of the Western Conference by percentage points over Golden State. This is rarefied air for the Nuggets: The last time they had played more than 25 games and were alone in first place in the conference was March 1977.

Murray contributed 22 points for the injury-depleted Nuggets, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

Luka Doncic had a big game for Dallas with 23 points and a career-best 12 assists, while Harrison Barnes scored 30. The Mavericks hit 15 3-pointers against the NBA's top long-range defense.

The Nuggets held each opponent under 100 points in their last six wins at the Pepsi Center. But this one turned into a track meet -- a throwback to the days of old for Denver.

Still, it was a defensive play that helped save the night for the Nuggets.

Fueled by a 14-0 run at the end of the third, the Nuggets took a 105-95 lead into the final quarter. Dallas trimmed it to four before Monte Morris hit a 3-pointer to give Denver some separation.

Murray then blocked a shot and hit a jumper on the other end to seal the win.

The Nuggets remain without Will Barton, Gary Harris and Paul Millsap due to injuries. Juancho Hernangomez started despite being questionable with a strained abdomen. He finished with 12 points, one of seven Denver players to score in double figures.

Mavericks: G Dennis Smith Jr. sat out with a sprained right wrist. ... Dallas coach Rick Carlisle and Wesley Matthews received technical fouls for arguing calls. ... G J.J. Barea returned from a sprained ankle and had 10 points. ... F DeAndre Jordan fouled out with 6:29 remaining. He had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Nuggets: Murray picked up a technical in the first quarter for hanging on the rim and coach Michael Malone another in the third when he argued a call on Jokic.

The most impressive thing about Doncic through the early portion of the season? That's easy for Carlisle.

"Probably how consistently he makes half-court shots during shootaround," Carlisle cracked.

Carlisle said Jokic is an anomaly in the way he can take over the game, but plays "close to the floor."

"It's one of the great things about the NBA game: Guys like him that have the size and skill and know how to use leverage and angles, their vision and senses can be All-Star-caliber players. He is that."

Mavericks: Second of a four-game trip will be Thursday at the Los Angeles Clippers.

Nuggets: Two straight on the road, beginning Saturday in Los Angeles against the Clippers.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

<![CDATA[Dirk Makes 2018 Home Debut in Loss to Kings]]>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 23:10:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+121618.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki received a standing ovation as he entered the game late in the first quarter in Sunday's home matchup against the Sacramento Kings. Nowitzki was playing in his first home game of his 21st season with the Mavericks.

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<![CDATA[Hield, Fox Help Kings End Mavs' Home Winning Streak]]>Sun, 16 Dec 2018 23:10:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Buddy-Hield-Getty-121618.jpg

Buddy Hield and De'Aaron Fox each scored 28 points and the Sacramento Kings ended the Dallas Mavericks' 11-game home winning streak with a 120-113 victory on Sunday night.

The Kings also spoiled the return of Dirk Nowitzki to the American Airlines Center. The 21-year veteran played his first home game after missing the first 26 games of the season while recovering from ankle surgery. He played six minutes at Phoenix on Thursday and scored three points in eight minutes Sunday.

Sacramento led for the entire second half, closing the third quarter on an 11-4 run to lead 93-83.

Dallas had closed within 98-91 when Fox outjumped DeAndre Jordan, who is eight inches taller, for a defensive rebound, then coasted downcourt for a layup. Nemanja Bjelica then hit 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions for a 106-97 lead.

Wesley Matthews' 3 with 1:46 to play pulled the Mavs within 112-107, but Fox dribbled out nearly the entire shot clock and drove the lane for layup. After a Dallas turnover, Fox fed Willie Cauley-Stein for a dunk to ice the game with 51 seconds left.

Luka Doncic had 28 points and nine assists, but no other Dallas player scored more than 15. Jordan tied his season high with 23 rebounds but Dallas was hampered by poor 3-point shooting, making only 9 of 35 (26 percent).

Both teams were missing key players. Starting point guard Dennis Smith (right wrist sprain) and primary backup J.J. Barea (left ankle sprain) were out for Dallas.

Marvin Bagley III, the No. 2 pick in the draft, was out with a bone bruise on his left knee, and Kings teammate Iman Shumpert was a late scratch with a hip contusion.

The Kings led 61-58 at the break. Hield had 17 points in the first half and Fox added 14 as the Mavericks, playing without Smith and Barea, struggled to stop the quickness of the Kings' guards.

With only rookie Jalen Brunson and veteran Devin Harris at the point guard spot, Doncic took over ball-handling responsibilities for long stretches of the game.

Kings: Bagley will be re-evaluated in 10 to 14 days. . Yogi Ferrell had eight points in his first game against Dallas since he left the Mavericks as a free agent this summer.

Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle said Smith's injured wrist wasn't progressing as well as hoped despite Smith playing 27 minutes Thursday. Barea missed his second game in a row. . Nowitzki was also denied a chance to become just the sixth player in NBA history to reach 900 wins.

Nowitzki entered with 3:17 remaining in the first quarter to a standing ovation. He's the first player in NBA history to play 21 seasons with one team. Nowitzki missed his first three shots from the field but scored his first point on a technical foul shot with 7:48 to go in the second quarter, then nailed a short jumper eight seconds later.

He played eight minutes, all in the first half.

Kings: Second half of a back-to-back Monday at Minnesota.

Mavericks: Start a four-game road trip Tuesday at Denver.

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<![CDATA[Family of Slain Teen Surprised With Holiday Shopping Spree]]>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 22:29:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/mavs+2.jpg

It was June 2017. Shavon Randle, 13, was brutally kidnapped and murdered. The Lancaster teen’s body was found in an Oak Cliff neighborhood. Investigators said Randle was an innocent victim caught in the middle of what appeared to be retaliation over stolen drugs.

“Once you get to the point where you think you’re getting over things, there is always something else that's getting in the way,” said Shaquna Persley, Shavon’s mother.

Persley said the holidays were her daughter’s favorite time of the year.

"Shavon was my taste tester, my gift wrapper, [she was] my everything," said Persley.

The family has spent the last two Christmases without Shavon, but Friday night, the family was granted a surprise Christmas wish.

Dallas Maverick’s point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. heard the family’s story and said he knew he just had to help.

“When I heard this family’s story, I was hurt for them,” said Smith, Jr. "Whenever you can be a blessing to someone else… it comes full circle. That's how I view it."

His surprise for the family was a holiday shopping spree. Whatever they wanted… they got. And his generosity was followed by nothing other than gratitude.

"You don't expect for anybody to just be up and willing to just help somebody out. Because usually around this time, everybody is trying to help their own families," Persley tearfully said.

All this made possible thanks to a couple calls from Taylor Toynes, founder/director of the community center For Oak Cliff. He has been working with the family since Shavon was killed and just knew they wouldn’t have much of a Christmas without some help from others.

He said that Smith, Jr. stepped up. 

"Things just work out when your spirit is right and helping those that you love. Good things happen. Putting out positive energy,” said Taylor Toynes.

There have been several arrests made surrounding Shavon’s case, but none of those people have ever been charged with her murder.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Nowitzki Makes Debut in 21st Season vs Suns]]>Fri, 14 Dec 2018 02:12:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1082260960.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki at last began his record-breaking 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday night, coming off the bench in the first quarter of a 99-89 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

No other NBA player has played that many seasons with the same team.

"It is good to be back," he said after the game. "Obviously I got a lot of work to do timing-wise, conditioning-wise. I have been running on a treadmill, which is not the same as playing NBA speed against a bunch of 20-year-old athletes."

The 40-year-old had been tied at 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers after the 2015-16 season.

Nowitzki had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle last April, and the timing was to make sure he would be ready at the start of this season. But the 7-foot German had a setback before training camp, with tendon soreness forcing him to continue rehabbing the injury and missing the first 26 games.

He made his first appearance in the lineup this season with 3:27 left in the opening quarter. A minute later, he banked in his first shot in his six-minute stint on the court. It was his only basket in his six minutes of play.

"All things considered he did fine, did well," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "This is a challenging situation for Dirk. Coming back in and re-accumulate mid-stream, with no real live practice time to speak of, but he has been busting his butt big time. I respect the hell out of him for what he has done to get back on the floor."

The 2007 MVP said the slow pace of the rehab was to ensure Nowitzki wouldn't be sidelined again once he returns. The 13-time All-Star has been steadily ramping up his activity for several weeks.

Nowitzki, who led the Mavericks to their only championship as the NBA Finals MVP in 2011, took pride in playing 77 games last season as a 39-year-old. He hoped for a similar number in what could be his final season. Instead, it's been more like 2012-13, when he missed 27 games after preseason arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

The highest-scoring foreign-born player, Nowitzki is seventh on the career list with 31,187 points. He was sixth to start the season before LeBron James passed him early. James is up to fifth, and Nowitzki needs 233 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for sixth.

Nowitzki is expected to come off the bench for the first time since his rookie season in 1998-99. And he's teammates with the latest Euro sensation in 19-year-old Luka Doncic, the third overall pick and a strong contender for Rookie of the Year.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Expected to Start Legendary 21st Season Thursday]]>Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:30:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+092118.jpg

Today is the day Mavs fans have been waiting for -- Dirk Nowiztki will officially begin his record-breaking 21st season with the team.

The big German has been recovering from an ankle surgery he underwent last spring. His first start of the 2018 season, will be Thursday against the Phoenix Suns.

When he steps on the court off the bench, he'll own the league record for the longest career with one team.

The Mavs, led by rookie Luka Doncic, are on a bit of a hot streak having won their 11th straight at home Wednesday against the Hawks. Doncic scored 24 while racking up 10 rebounds and six assists.

The Mavs and Suns tip off at 9:30 p.m. CT.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Extend Home Streak, End Skid vs. Hawks]]>Wed, 12 Dec 2018 22:29:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-1081796576.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, Luka Doncic added 24 and the Dallas Mavericks extended their home winning streak to 11 games while ending a 10-game skid against Atlanta in a 114-107 victory over the Hawks on Wednesday night.

J.J. Barea had 18 points before leaving with a sprained left ankle as the Mavericks finally beat the Hawks after blowing a 26-point lead in October, when rookie Trae Young had a strong fourth quarter in his home debut to help the Hawks rally to a 111-104 win.

Instead of wilting in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks took control with a 7-0 opening run for a 10-point lead and eventually went up by as many as 15 before the Hawks made it closer with an 11-1 run late.

It was Dallas' first win over Atlanta since Oct. 30, 2013, and the home winning streak is the longest since a 12-game run in 2007-08.

Young had 24 points and 10 assists, but the rematch reiterated the opposite directions both teams are headed after ending the first meeting at 2-2. The Mavericks are 13-9 since then and among the current playoff teams in the rough Western Conference. The Hawks have gone 4-19.

Kent Bazemore scored 22 for Atlanta, and John Collins had 20 points and a career-high 17 rebounds.

Role players got the fourth moving for Dallas rather than Barnes and the rookie sensation Doncic, who was drafted third overall by Atlanta and traded to Dallas while the Mavericks selected Young fifth for the Hawks.

Maxi Kleber opened the fourth with a dunk and scored all seven of his points in the final quarter, and Dorian Finney-Smith's free throw gave Dallas its first 10-point lead. Finney-Smith scored 11.

Doncic had 10 rebounds and a team-high six assists, and DeAndre Jordan had 11 points and 11 rebounds.


Dirk Nowitzki was inactive after being listed as questionable for the first time as the longer-than-expected recovery from left ankle surgery delays him from officially becoming the first NBA player with 21 seasons for one franchise. Coach Rick Carlisle said the designation meant the 40-year-old Nowitzki was getting closer to returning, but didn't want to discuss his status further before the game.


Hawks: Vince Carter, Nowitzki's former teammate also in his 21st season, got a nice ovation when he entered the game in the first quarter. The 41-year-old scored his only points on a 3 in the first quarter. ... Collins had nine offensive rebounds, most by a Dallas opponent this season.

Mavericks: Carlisle was ejected after two quick technicals in the third quarter when he thought Barnes got fouled without a call. Assistant Stephen Silas took over. ... PG Dennis Smith Jr. missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right wrist. ... Doncic was 12 of 15 from the line as Dallas attempted a season-high 43 free throws.


Hawks: At Boston on Friday.

Mavericks: At Phoenix on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Barnes, Brunson Lead Mavericks Past Magic]]>Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:18:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1071568880.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks were again talking about a great performance by a rookie.

This time it wasn't Luka Doncic.

Jalen Brunson started at point guard for the second consecutive game and scored a career-high 17 points as the Mavericks beat the Orlando Magic 101-76 on Monday night.

Brunson, who led Villanova to two national championships in the past three years and was a Mavs second-round pick, replaced the injured Dennis Smith Jr. (right wrist sprain) and scored in double figures for the third straight game. And he did it Monday with Mavericks Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd in the house.

"Being able to perform like that in front of him is definitely special," Brunson said. "But no matter who is in the crowd and who is watching, I just try and play the same way every time."

Brunson scored the first basket of the game, and Dallas never trailed against the Magic, who were playing without two rotation players.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points, and Dwight Powell scored 16. Doncic had season highs with 11 rebounds and nine assists to offset a 2-for-11 shooting performance, finishing with seven points.

Jonathon Simmons scored a season-high 18 for the Magic and Aaron Gordon had 10. Orlando played without Evan Fournier, who missed the game for personal reasons, and Mo Bamba, who was suspended by coach Steve Clifford for a violation of team rules.

"Yeah, it's a bad on my part," Bamba said after the game. "I need to be better. Just got to be on time."

Dallas never trailed in winning its 10th straight at home for the first time since the 2007-08 season. The Mavericks led by as many as 28 in the fourth quarter.

Brunson was 5 for 5 from the field in the first half and scored 11 points, as did Barnes, who had the Mavericks' final eight to give Dallas a 52-40 lead at halftime.

Brunson then extended it to 61-44 with a 3 from the right corner with 9:05 left in the third quarter. The lead grew to 22 by the end of the period.

"He's more seasoned than you expect out of a guy in their first year," Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews said. "He's stepped into the opportunity well."


Magic: Clifford did not detail the reasons for Fournier's absence, but said, "It's totally excused." Jonathan Isaac started in Fournier's spot. Clifford didn't know whether Fournier would miss more games. He also said Bamba's suspension was for this game only.

Mavericks: Matthews hit two 3s, tying Steve Nash for sixth in Mavericks history with 569. Of the five above them, four were in the building Monday: Dirk Nowitzki (first), team executive Michael Finley (third), Kidd (fourth) and team broadcaster Derek Harper (fifth). Jason Terry is second.


Orlando's Nikola Vucevic played 26 minutes despite turning his ankle during a loss Friday against Indiana. He had 16 rebounds but scored just eight -- his first game below double digits this season.

"I didn't think he played with nearly the energy level frankly that he has been most of the year," Clifford said.


For perspective on how long it has been since Dallas won 10 games in a row at home, consider that the 2007-08 season was the last one the Mavericks were coached by someone other than Rick Carlisle, who took over for Avery Johnson after that season.

The Mavericks' final loss of that regular season came against the Seattle SuperSonics, led by then-rookie Kevin Durant. The SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City after that season.


Magic: Travel to Mexico City to play Chicago on Thursday and Utah on Saturday. Both are Magic home games.

Mavericks: Host Atlanta on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Doncic Scores 11 Straight, Mavs Rally Past Rockets]]>Sat, 08 Dec 2018 21:02:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-120818.jpg

Luka Doncic started with a routine 3-pointer from the corner.

Then the Dallas rookie skipped back several feet behind the arc to hit one over Houston center Clint Capela, followed by a floater in the lane for a tie.

After faking a drive that sent Capela scrambling toward the basket, the 19-year-old Slovenian settled behind the 3-point line one more time, connecting again for the 26th lead change between the Mavericks and Rockets.

So much for a rough shooting night.

Doncic scored 11 straight points to erase an eight-point deficit late in the fourth quarter and the Mavericks went on to their ninth consecutive home victory, 107-104 over the Rockets on Saturday night.

"It's pretty clear that he's got a flair for the moment," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's unafraid. You don't see that every day. It's a unique three or four minutes, whatever he put together there."

James Harden shrugged off early foul trouble to score 35 points, but missed all four of his 3-point tries in the fourth quarter. Two of them were during Doncic's flurry, along with Chris Paul missing a pair of free throws before Doncic's tying bucket.

"The first thing I'd like to do different is make my free throws," said Paul, who scored 23 points while matching Harden with eight assists. "I think that's where, honestly, it ticked the game off. We were up two. Throws would have put us up four. They hit some step-backs."

Doncic was 3 of 13, and the Mavericks weren't too far removed from a nearly six-minute scoring drought in the fourth quarter when he made the first 3 with the Mavericks trailing 102-94, the largest Houston lead of the game.

"I wasn't playing great," said Doncic, who finished 7 of 17 with all three of his 3-pointers in that final stretch and had seven rebounds. "My game wasn't good at all. I get confident in the end of games. I would say that I feel comfortable."

Lost in the electrifying stretch by the third overall pick in last spring's draft was center DeAndre Jordan's backdoor bounce pass to rookie second-rounder Jalen Brunson.

The two-time NCAA champion from Villanova, making his second career start with Dennis Smith Jr. out because of a sprained right wrist, hit the twisting layup to get the Dallas lead back to three with 24 seconds left and finish off his career high of 14 points.

Doncic scored 21 points along with Wesley Matthews, who missed two free throws with a chance to put the game away in the final seconds. Eric Gordon missed a potential tying 3-pointer for Houston at the buzzer less than two weeks after the Rockets lost to the Mavericks by 20 at home.

"I thought we played well," Houston coach Mike D'Antoni said. "I think the good news out of all this is that if we play with that intensity, we're going to win a lot of games. Having said that, Doncic did it to us right toward the end."

Rockets: It was the seventh loss in nine games since a season-best five-game winning streak. ... Clint Capela had 12 points and 13 rebounds for his 18th double-double. ... The Rockets had just four other assists besides the 16 combined from Harden and Paul. ... Harden had his 10th 30-point game of the season.

Mavericks: It's the longest home winning streak since Dallas won nine straight in 2011, the year of the franchise's only championship. ... F Maxi Kleber was out with a left big toe sprain. ... Smith sat for the second straight game and third time in seven games because of the wrist issue. ... Dorian Finney-Smith scored 14 points along with Harrison Barnes.

Harden already had 10 points when he picked up his third foul with 4:17 left in the first quarter. He fell for a pump fake from Doncic and reached as the rookie went by him. Doncic sold the contact well and got the call. But Harden didn't foul again until midway through the fourth quarter, finishing 11 of 22 from the field, including 6 of 16 from 3.

Jordan had his 15th double-double by halftime with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He didn't score in the second half but had both of his steals along with the clutch assist to Brunson, who was 7 of 9 from the field.

Rockets: Host Portland on Tuesday night.

Mavericks: Host Orlando on Monday night.

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<![CDATA[Randle, Davis Push Pelicans Past Mavericks]]>Wed, 05 Dec 2018 21:56:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Julius-Randle-Getty-120518.jpg

Julius Randle had 27 points and 18 rebounds and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Dallas Mavericks 132-106 on Wednesday night.

Anthony Davis had 27 points, a career-high nine assists and five blocks despite twisting his ankle and briefly leaving the court for treatment after stepping on Dorian Finney-Smith's foot.

Jrue Holiday had 17 points and four steals for New Orleans, which largely controlled the contest while winning for just the third time in nine games.

Harrison Barnes had 16 points and Wesley Matthews 15 for the Mavericks, who came in having won five of six but had trouble with the Pelicans' up-tempo pace while playing one night after beating Portland at home.

J.J. Barea scored 14 points, and Dwight Powell added 12 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas, which also was short-handed as usual starting guard Dennis Smith Jr. sat out with a sprained right wrist.

E'Twaun Moore scored 17 points in a reserve role, and New Orleans never trailed after his 20-foot jumper put the Pelicans up 32-31 at the end of the first quarter.

Running the floor relentlessly, and effectively after many of the Mavs' 18 turnovers, the Pelicans scored 60 points in the paint and 29 on fast breaks.

New Orleans led by 16 at halftime, by as many as 25 in the third quarter and 29 in the fourth.

Mavericks: As Powell dunked early in the fourth quarter, he was poked in eye by Davis. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle received a technical foul for shouting at officials about the play and Holiday made the technical foul shot. ... Finney-Smith had 12 points and Jalen Brunson had 11 points. ... The Mavs shot 42.9 percent (39-of-91) and missed 32 of 46 3-point attempts.

Pelicans: F Nikola Mirotic, New Orleans' third-leading scorer, missed his second straight game with an illness. Randle started in his place. ... The Pelicans shot 55.4 percent (51-of-92) overall and an even better 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from 3-point range. ... Darius Miller made four of his six 3-point shots for all of his 12 points off the bench while Moore made three of four. Davis made both of his shots from deep and Randle made two of three. ... Holiday, who has struggled with turnovers at times, finished with eight assists and only one turnover.

Mavericks: Host Houston on Saturday night.

Pelicans: Host Memphis on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Doncic's 21 Points Lead Mavs Past Trail Blazers]]>Tue, 04 Dec 2018 22:46:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-120418.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 21 points and Wesley Matthews added 17 as the Dallas Mavericks won for the ninth time in 11 games, beating the Portland Trail Blazers 111-102 Tuesday night.

DeAndre Jordan added 12 points and 17 rebounds for Dallas, which won its eighth straight at home for the first time since its championship season of 2010-11.

Doncic, who missed his first game Sunday with a right hip strain, scored 14 in the second half and finished with nine rebounds.

Damian Lillard scored 25 of his 33 points in the second half as Portland tried, but failed, to rally from a deficit that was mostly double digits through almost all the first three quarters. Lillard and C.J. McCollum struggled from the field, going 17 for 42, and 4 for 15 from 3-point range.

The Mavericks closed out the first quarter with a 17-3 run and held a double-digit lead until Lillard's drive and free throw made it 78-69 late in the third.

But Dwight Powell hit consecutive 3-pointers and Maxi Kleber followed a Devin Harris miss with a dunk to put Dallas up by 14 after three quarters.

J.J. Barea's driving layup capped a 10-0 run that gave the Mavericks their biggest lead at 92-73. Portland got as close as six points in the game's final minutes, but Doncic hit a fall-away 3-pointer with 58.9 seconds to go for a 108-99 lead.

The teams are going in opposite directions in the competitive Western Conference. While Dallas has heated up, Portland has lost eight of its last 11.

Matthews and Harris made 3s and Jordan and Dennis Smith Jr. converted three-point plays during the big first-quarter run. The 34-20 deficit was Portland's largest after one quarter this season. Dallas maintained the double-digit lead throughout the second quarter and took a 60-45 lead into halftime.

Trail Blazers: Lillard scored the Blazers' final 15 points of the third quarter. . Portland's frustration became evident in the third quarter when Al-Farouq Aminu and Maurice Harkless were given technical fouls 35 seconds apart for arguing with referee Ed Malloy.

Mavericks: Smith had a root canal performed Monday to fix a broken tooth suffered Sunday night after the Clippers' Patrick Beverley caught him with an elbow. Smith used an Invisalign device to hold the tooth in place when he returned to the game Sunday. . Barea needed four stitches to close a laceration inside his mouth following a collision with LA's Avery Bradley on Sunday.

Doncic was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November. Doncic started the team's first 20 games and averaged a team-high 18.5 points. He's second on the team in rebounds and assists.

"It means a lot," Doncic said. "It's just another example for me to keep working hard and keep fighting for what I want. There's a lot to improve."

The last Dallas player to be selected Rookie of the Month -- and the only one since 2004 -- was Yogi Ferrell in February 2017.

Trail Blazers: Host Phoenix on Thursday.

Mavericks: Second half of a back-to-back Wednesday at New Orleans.

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<![CDATA[Barnes, Jordan Star in Mavericks' Win Over Clippers]]>Sun, 02 Dec 2018 22:31:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DeAndre-Jordan-Getty-120218.jpg

DeAndre Jordan said he didn't have any extra incentive Sunday night in his first meeting against his former team. His 23 rebounds might indicate otherwise.

Jordan scored 16 points to go with his season-high rebound total, and Harrison Barnes had 30 points to help the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 114-110.

Dorian Finney-Smith tipped in a rebound with 35 seconds remaining to give Dallas the lead for good.

Jordan, who played 10 seasons with Los Angeles before signing with Dallas as a free agent this offseason, downplayed the motivation to beat his former team. He talked instead about setting a tone for his own team with his rebounding. Dallas won the rebound battle 64-44 on Sunday.

"I know it's demoralizing to other teams -- playing defense and then having us get offensive rebounds," Jordan said. "That sucks the life out of a team, little by little."

The game featured two loose-ball scraps between the Mavs' Dennis Smith Jr. and the Clippers' Patrick Beverley -- the first resulting in Smith losing part of a tooth, and the second in Beverley's ejection after a technical foul.

Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points to lead the Clippers, and Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams each had 21.

"It was a game we should have won," Williams said. "We didn't do a lot of things in our style of play."

Williams gave the Clippers just their second lead of the second half at 110-109 with a 3-pointer with 46.9 seconds left, before Barnes drove the lane and missed -- but Finney-Smith was there for a tip-in.

Jordan then stole the ball from Williams and made one of two free throws for a 112-110 lead with 27.3 seconds to play. Smith blocked Tobias Harris' shot, gathered the ball and made the clinching free throws with 9.2 seconds left.

"That's winning stuff right there," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said of Smith's play.

Dallas played without rookie Luka Doncic, who suffered a right hip strain Friday against the Lakers. Without a true wing off the bench, Barnes played 38 minutes.

Smith and Beverley were involved in separate loose-ball scrambles in the third and fourth quarters, both resulting in jump balls but having ramifications beyond the plays themselves.

In the first sequence, Beverley appeared to elbow Smith in the mouth, causing Smith to lose part of a tooth. Smith left the game briefly for medical attention, only after winning the jump ball. And he appeared postgame with the tooth appearing intact, calling it "magic."

Then the two wrestled on the floor for another loose ball in the fourth quarter, and after Beverley got up holding the ball, he threw the ball into the stands, earning a technical foul and an ejection. He said after the game that a fan uttered an expletive about his mother.

"Anybody that knows me knows that I'm a family first guy and some things are just unacceptable," Beverley said. "If no one is going to control fans, what are we supposed to do as players? I'm a grown man, but when you bring family into it, especially in a basketball game, there's only so much you can tolerate as a man."

Clippers: Coach Doc Rivers on Beverley's technical: "I told him it's the life we live and you got to turn the other cheek even though I know it's hard, but we can't get technicals. We just have to walk away and then the league has to take care of stuff like that." ... The Clippers lost for just the second time in 11 games.

Mavericks: In addition to Doncic, reserve forward Maxi Kleber sat out with right knee soreness. Coach Rick Carlisle doesn't believe either injury is serious. ... Barnes' 30 points were a season-high, and J.J. Barea had 20 of his season-high 24 points in the first half. Barea left in the final minute with a bloody nose after an inadvertent elbow from Avery Bradley, but was fine after the game.

Clippers: Second half of a back-to-back Monday night at New Orleans.

Mavericks: Host Portland on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[LeBron, Lakers Rally in 2nd Half to Beat Mavericks]]>Sat, 01 Dec 2018 00:59:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1067069534.jpg

LeBron James scored 28 points, Brandon Ingram added 19 and the Los Angeles Lakers won their second game in as many nights, 114-103 over the Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

It's the third time in five back-to-back sets this season that the Lakers have taken both games.

Los Angeles trailed for most of the first three quarters -- and fell behind by as many as 15 in the second -- before going on a 10-4 run the final three minutes of the third to take a 78-75 advantage into the fourth.

The Lakers were up 90-86 before taking control with a 15-3 run that included nine points by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 29 points, and Dwight Powell added 17 off the bench.

Dallas was assessed four technical fouls in the game, including three in the fourth quarter. JJ Barea was ejected midway in the fourth after receiving his second technical.

Dallas led 45-30 less than four minutes into the second quarter when the Lakers got back into it with 10 straight points, which included six by James. The Mavericks led 58-53 at halftime.

Kyle Kuzma added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers.


Mavericks: Dennis Smith Jr. scored 13 points and Wesley Matthews added 11. DeAndre Jordan had 12 rebounds and eight points. ... Dallas started 3 of 6 on 3-pointers and then went 3 of 21 from beyond the arc the rest of the half. ... The 27 3-point attempts in the first half was a season high, surpassing the 26 the Mavs had on Oct. 20 against Minnesota. ... Barnes is averaging 17 points against the Lakers in the first half of games this season.

Lakers: Tyson Chandler (13 points, 12 rebounds) also had a double-double while Lonzo Ball added 10 points. ... Los Angeles had 11 turnovers in the first half, marking the 11th time this season it had 10 or more in the first 24 minutes. ... Kuzma scored 13 points in the third quarter, which is his second most in a quarter this season. He had 14 in the second quarter against San Antonio on Oct. 22.


Mavericks: Remain in Los Angeles to face the Clippers on Sunday.

Lakers: Host Phoenix on Sunday afternoon to cap a stretch of three home games in four days.

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<![CDATA[Doncic Helps Mavs Rout Rockets]]>Wed, 28 Nov 2018 22:07:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-111418.jpg

Rookie Luka Doncic and Devin Harris each scored 20 points, and the Dallas Mavericks beat Houston 128-108 on Wednesday night despite a triple-double by Rockets star James Harden.

Harden had 25 points, 17 assists and 11 rebounds, but it wasn't nearly enough for a team missing Chris Paul because of an injury. Houston dropped its fourth in a row after winning a season-high five straight.

Houston trailed for most of the night but used a 33-point third quarter to trim a huge deficit to seven heading into the fourth. The Mavericks got going again in the final period, opening with a 10-2 run highlighted by back-to-back reverse layups by J.J. Barea.

Clint Capela made a layup for Houston before the Mavericks used an 11-2 spurt to push their lead to 117-95 with seven minutes remaining, prompting Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni to clear the bench.

It's the third straight win for the Mavericks and just their second victory on the road this season after dropping seven of their first eight games away from home. It also ended an eight-game regular season skid against Houston.

Paul sat out for the third straight game after resting the first game and missing the last two with a sore left hamstring. Capela and James Ennis had 18 points apiece for the Rockets, who are in 13th place in the Western Conference.

The Mavericks led by 18 entering the third quarter after scoring 74 points in the first half behind 15 points from Doncic. The Rockets opened the second half with a 13-5 run to cut the lead to 79-69 with about eight minutes left in the third. Ennis led the way, scoring nine points.

Dallas pushed its lead back out to 13 before Danuel House and Harden made back-to-back 3-pointers to get Houston within seven at 86-79. The Mavericks' advantage was down to five when a layup by Dwight Powell made it 96-89 entering the fourth.

It was Harden's first triple-double this season and No. 36 for his career. The reigning NBA MVP scored 54 points on Monday night.

Mavericks: Dennis Smith had 10 points in his return after missing Saturday's game with a sprained right wrist. ... DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and seven rebounds. ... The Mavericks made 19 of 24 free throws.

Rockets: Capela has scored at least 10 points in 19 straight games. ... Coach Mike D'Antoni said Nene, who hasn't played all season because of a strained right calf, was making progress but he still doesn't know when he'll be ready to return. ... Gerald Green missed his second game in a row with a sore right ankle.

Mavericks: Visit Lakers on Friday night.

Rockets: Visit San Antonio on Friday night.

<![CDATA[Barea, Mavs Pull Away in 4th for Win Over Celtics]]>Sat, 24 Nov 2018 23:43:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

J.J. Barea held the shooter's pose for several seconds before big center DeAndre Jordan picked him up and carried him to the bench , the diminutive Dallas guard high-fiving everybody along the way.

It just felt like a big 3-pointer in the Mavericks' sixth straight home victory.

Barea scored 20 points and tag-teamed with Wesley Matthews on back-to-back 3s to take control in the fourth quarter of a 113-104 victory over the Boston Celtics on Saturday night.

"I was mad that I missed the one before that one, went in and out on me," Barea said. "First time I think I've been lifted up from the other side of the court all the way to the bench. We're having fun."

Harrison Barnes also had 20 points, teenage rookie Luka Doncic totaled 15 points and matched Barea with eight assists, while starting at point guard with Dennis Smith Jr. sidelined by a wrist injury, as the Mavericks (9-9) got back to .500 with their seventh win in nine games.

It's the latest Dallas has been .500 or better since the end of the 2015-16 season, and it's the first six-game home winning streak for the Mavericks in almost two years.

Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and Kyrie Irving and Marcus Smart had 19 apiece for the Celtics, who followed a win with a loss in a back-to-back for the third straight time this season a night after winning in Atlanta.

Boston was without Gordon Hayward, who sat with soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle, in part because of playing on consecutive nights.

Just like a Dallas team coming off consecutive woeful seasons, the Celtics (10-10) are at .500 coming off two straight trips to the Eastern Conference finals.

"We don't impose our fear and will on teams," said Smart, who had to be held back from fans by Irving in the final seconds against his hometown team. "Last year, teams when they came in and played the Celtics, they knew they were in for a fight. This year, teams can't wait to play us and that's a problem."

The Mavericks led by five starting the fourth quarter but pushed the lead to 106-90 on those consecutive 3-pointers from Barea and Matthews, who had 15 points after missing three straight games and four of the past five with a left hamstring strain.

Doncic looked like a natural at the point from the start with five assists in the first quarter while making all three of his 3-point attempts for nine points.

In one sequence, he sent Marcus Morris lunging toward the basket with a fake away from the ball, then watched Irving fly past him by faking the shot before making a 3.

Irving got rolling in the second quarter, scoring nine points on 4-of-5 shooting while helping cut an 11-point deficit to three at halftime (59-56).

Doncic was doing enough for the Celtics to feel the need to try to knock him off his game in the third quarter.

Jaylen Brown put a forearm in Doncic's chest when he was looking another direction while running up the floor and sent the 19-year-old sprawling. Brown's move came after Doncic intercepted a pass in transition near midcourt, drove to the baseline and slipped a pass to Jordan for a dunk.

Jordan was given his second technical for hanging on the rim, but officials ruled it a non-unsportsmanlike technical, allowing Jordan to avoid an ejection as he finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Brown received an offsetting technical on a video review for the blindside hit on Doncic.

Doncic had to be separated from Brown after getting knocked to the floor, and there was another dustup when Smart shoved Maxi Kleber not long after they were part of a jump ball in the final seconds, long after the outcome had been decided. Smart was assessed a technical.

Celtics: Al Horford returned after missing his first game of the season to rest a sore left knee. He had eight points and eight rebounds. ... Brown scored 16 points, and Morris added 13. ... Irving was 9 of 24 from the field with six assists and five turnovers.

Mavericks: F/C Dwight Powell missed his third straight game with a left knee injury. ... Coach Rick Carlisle said Smith sprained his right wrist in a loss to Memphis two games earlier. He played but was limited in a win over Brooklyn.

Celtics: At New Orleans on Monday.

Mavericks: At Houston on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Barnes Scores Season-High 28 as Mavericks Beat Nets 119-113]]>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 22:39:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 28 points, Devin Harris broke a fourth-quarter tie with eight straight points and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Brooklyn Nets 119-113 on Wednesday night.

Teenage rookie Luka Doncic had 21 points and nine rebounds as the Mavericks won their fifth consecutive home game. They kept the Nets from winning straight three straight on the road for the first time since late in the 2014-15 season, a night after a 12-point win in Miami.

Allen Crabbe scored a season-high 27 points for the Nets, including consecutive 3-pointers followed by an assist on a dunk for Jarrett Allen on an 8-0 run that got Brooklyn within two with four minutes remaining. Crabbe was 7 of 11 behind the arc.

Barnes, who was 5 of 8 from long range, answered with a 3 to help the Mavericks get the lead back to nine with less than a minute to go.

Dallas won for the fifth time in six games on a night when Dirk Nowitzki was presented a key to the city by Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings at halftime.

The German star is still waiting to start a record 21st season with the same franchise because of a longer-than-expected recovery from left ankle surgery seven months ago.

Harris scored 18 points, including eight straight to break an 87-87 tie, making three free throws, hitting a 3-pointer and then stealing a pass and scoring on a bank shot in the lane for a 95-87 Dallas lead. J.J. Barea also had 18 and seven assists.

Spencer Dinwiddie had 19 points and seven assists for the Nets on a night Dallas coach Rick Carlisle called him a candidate for sixth man of the year.


Nets coach Kenny Atkinson played for the team in Nowitzki's German hometown, Wurzburg, and said he remembers Nowitzki's mom having a role in handling the team's laundry. Atkinson also played for Braunschweig, and said he faced Nowitzki's Wurzburg team. "He dropped 30 on us. He was 18 of 19," Atkinson said. Early the next morning, Atkinson said, he went to the gym to lift weights and Nowitzki was already there with longtime personal coach Holger Geschwindner. "Right then, you're like, `This guy's special,"' said the 51-year-old Atkinson, who is in his third season with Brooklyn.


Nets: Leading scorer Caris LeVert missed his fifth straight game with a right foot injury. ... Ed Davis made all eight shots and finished with 17 points, while D'Angelo Russell also scored 17 but was just 6 of 18 from the field.

Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews was out for the fourth time in five games with a left hamstring strain. F/C Dwight Powell missed his second straight game with a left knee injury. ... G Dennis Smith Jr. played despite a right wrist sprain, finishing with season lows of four points and 19 minutes. ... C DeAndre Jordan had his 11th double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.


Nets: Face Minnesota on Friday to start stretch of seven of eight at home.

Mavericks: Host Boston on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Presented With Key to the City of Dallas]]>Wed, 21 Nov 2018 22:29:46 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-Key-to-Dallas-New.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki was presented with the key to the city of Dallas Wednesday during halftime in the game against the Brooklyn Nets.

“I said before I leave, I want to do something special for Dirk," said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings. "It's got to be somebody who is a very special person [to get the key]. Sort of one of those things when they are great, there is no debate.”

Nowitzki has scored 30,000 points in his 21 season career, all of those with the Dallas Mavericks.

The German is in his 21st season with the Mavs and has yet to play due to soreness in his foot.

Wednesday night's achievement was about so much more than just his numbers on the court. 

One of his biggest contributions to the Dallas community is the Dirk Nowirzki Foundation. In Nowitzki's words, it's his way of helping provide education, health and well-being for children who may otherwise not have the opportunity.

“I have tried everything in my power to pay that love back that I got from year one when things weren’t going that well, so that’s my way of paying this loyalty back in being the best player I could be,” said Nowitzki.

Nowitzki is only the third person to be given a key by Mayor Mike Rawlings.

"Nowitzki is being honored not only for his professional achievements in his 20 seasons with the Mavericks organization, but also for his outstanding contributions to the community," city officials said in a statement.

Nowitzki has played with the Mavericks since he was drafted in 1998. He is the first European to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player honor.

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<![CDATA[Conley and Gasol Lead Grizzlies Past Mavericks]]>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 21:50:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Mike Conley scored 28 points, Marc Gasol had 17 points and 15 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies broke open a close game in the fourth quarter to beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-88 on Monday night.

Jaren Jackson Jr. finished with 13 points and Garrett Temple added 12 as Memphis won its fourth straight and sixth in the last seven.

Dennis Smith Jr. led the Mavericks with 19 points and five assists. DeAndre Jordan added 17 points and a season-high 20 rebounds. Luka Doncic had 15 points and 10 rebounds but was 6 of 20 from the field, part of Dallas shooting 34 percent.

The loss snapped Dallas' four-game winning streak, and the Mavericks were held under 100 points for the first time this season.

The game had 17 lead changes and 15 ties, the last one coming with 5:41 left on a floater in the lane by Dallas reserve Jalen Brunson.

Memphis reeled off 10 straight points for the biggest lead for either team in the game. Temple and Conley each converted 3-pointers in the stretch that gave Memphis the lead for good.

Memphis led 53-49 at the half as Conley and Jackson each scored 11 points. Dorian Finney-Smith had 11 points for Dallas, in part from missing only one of his four shots from outside the arc in the first half.

The game was tight throughout the first half and stretching through the third quarter with the teams tied at 74 entering the fourth.

Mavericks: Doncic was 0 of 6 in the first quarter before converting the first shot of the second quarter. ... Mavericks shot 29 percent in the first quarter. ... Dallas made only four 3-pointers in the first half, including three by Finney-Smith. Doncic had the fourth one. ... Jordan has led Dallas in rebounding in all but one game this season (Harrison Barnes with 13 on Nov. 6 against Washington).

Grizzlies: Conley converted a 4-point play in the closing seconds of the first half. ... Gasol had eight rebounds in the first quarter. His 15 for the game was a season high. ... Gasol, who entered the game having made 12 of 25 3-pointers over the last three games, missed all five of his shots from outside the arc.

Mavericks: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday night.

Grizzlies: Travel to San Antonio to face the Spurs on Wednesday night.

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<![CDATA[Foster Child Makes Special Memory at Mavericks Game]]>Sun, 18 Nov 2018 21:52:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs+National+Adoption+Day.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks welcomed a child in foster care in Arkansas to the American Airlines Center Saturday on National Adoption Day for their game against the Golden State Warriors.

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<![CDATA[Doncic Leads Mavericks Over Short-Handed Warriors 112-109]]>Mon, 19 Nov 2018 21:47:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DoncicMavsWarrior.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 24 points, including a short jumper that gave Dallas the lead for good, and the Mavericks beat the Golden State Warriors 112-109 on Saturday night.

Golden State played without starters Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, but led by eight in the second half before the Mavs rallied.

Doncic hit a 10-footer in the lane with 1:10 left to put Dallas up 109-108, then sealed the game with two free throws with seven seconds remaining.

Kevin Durant scored 32 points, but only three in the fourth quarter on 1-for-7 shooting. Klay Thompson added 22 for the two-time defending champion Warriors. Durant missed two shots and Thompson one in the final minute, all of which could have either tied the game or put Golden State ahead.

Harrison Barnes had 23 points for the Mavericks, who have won five of six. It was just the second time Dallas has beaten Golden State in their past 19 meetings, the other coming on Dec. 30, 2015 -- one of only nine games the Warriors lost that regular season.

Golden State has lost four of six and dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season.

An 8-0 Mavs run early in the fourth quarter, capped by Dwight Powell's three-point play, gave Dallas its first lead since early in the third quarter, 93-92, with 9:18 to play.

Jonas Jerebko hit a 3-pointer to regain the lead for Golden State, then Thompson made a short jumper and a 3 for a 100-96 lead. But the Mavericks hung tough and Dorian Finney-Smith's fast-break layup put Dallas back up 107-106 with 1:45 remaining.

Dallas, a 76 percent free throw-shooting team for the season, struggled in going 22 of 34 at the line, but Doncic came through when it mattered most.

Without Curry (left groin strain) and Green (right toe sprain), the Warriors got valuable contributions from reserves Quinn Cook and Damion Lee, the latter playing on a two-way contract. Cook scored 15 points and Lee a season-high 13.

Lee had 11 first-half points, the same amount he had scored in 24 minutes of action all season prior to Saturday.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said before the game he wouldn't hesitate to insert either of his two-way contract players "to give us some juice," and Lee entered late in the first quarter. His 3 with 1:42 left in the quarter marked the first points scored by a Warriors player other than Durant or Thompson.

Lee added eight more, including two 3s, in a 22-11 second-quarter run that gave Golden State a 44-37 lead. The Warriors led 59-57 at halftime.

Warriors: Finish their three-game Texas trip Sunday at the Spurs.

Mavericks: At Memphis on Monday, the Mavericks' only road game in a five-game stretch.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Hold Jazz to 22 in 2nd Half, Win 118-68]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:47:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-111418.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 19 points and the Dallas Mavericks handed the Jazz their worst loss since moving to Utah, 118-68 on Wednesday night.

While in New Orleans, the Jazz lost to Milwaukee by 56, 158-102 on March 14, 1979.

Dallas set a franchise mark for the fewest points allowed in a half at 22, giving up 13 in the third quarter and nine in the fourth. The previous record was 23 against Sacramento on Jan. 14, 2012. The 50-point margin of victory was the second-highest in team history behind a 53-point win over Philadelphia.

The Mavericks shot 58 percent, making 43 percent of their 3-point shots.

J.J. Barea added 14 points, Luka Doncic and Dwight Powell had 13 each and Dorian Finney-Smith finished with 11. The Mavericks' backups accounted for 66 points, only two fewer than the Utah team.

Ricky Rubio led Utah with 11 points, Rudy Gobert had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Donovan Mitchell also scored 10 points.

Utah's lowest-scoring half this season had been 38 points in the second half against Memphis on Oct. 22. The Jazz shot 31 percent from the floor and 17 percent on 3-pointers.

The lowest-scoring game for the Jazz was in a 96-54 loss at Chicago in Game 3 of the 1997-98 NBA Finals.

Tempers flared at times. Utah's Derrick Favors was charged with a Flagrant 1 foul, and three Mavericks receiving technical fouls.

Dallas extended its winning streak to a season-best three games. The Jazz had won three in a row and won the first two games between the teams this season.


Jazz: Their 13 points in the third quarter were a short-lived season low, not even reaching the 15 they scored in the fourth quarter at Denver on Nov. 3. ... Utah has played Dallas three times in the last nine games. The teams will meet only once more this season, at Utah on Feb. 23.

Mavericks: Wesley Matthews (strained left hamstring) came back after missing Monday's game at Chicago but left Wednesday's game early in the third quarter with a similar injury. ... Before Wednesday, Dallas' low yield for a quarter had been 18 points by the Jazz in the fourth quarter on Nov. 7.


Thunder: Stay on the road for their longest trip (five games) of the season with three more in four days, beginning at Philadelphia on Friday night.

Mavericks: Complete a two-game homestand against Golden State on Saturday night.

Photo Credit: Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Wound Warriors Receive Royal Treatment at Mavericks Game]]>Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:52:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Seats+for+Soldiers+111418.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks are honoring soldiers who put their lives on the line so we can enjoy freedom here at home.

Wednesday night, the team recognized more than 100 Wounded Warriors in the 14th annual Seats For Soldiers event.

The military veterans took a charter flight from San Antonio to Dallas, ate dinner at Nick and Sam's then sat courtside at a Mavericks game.

"Every year I go to the Veterans parades and I hear, 'Thank you for your service.' It really does a lot, because not every soldier when they come home they get to hear that," said Ret. Army Master Sgt. Walter Taylor.

Taylor served three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In 2011, he was shot in the face by a rocket-propelled grenade.

"I was focused. I was driven to get ready for the next deployment because that deployment was almost over. Now, since then, it's a little different," Taylor said.

Like many at the game, he's had numerous reconstructive surgeries at Brook Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

But Wednesday was about reflecting on all they've overcome as a team that everyone wants to win.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Barnes Scores 23, Leads Mavericks Past Bulls]]>Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:47:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Harrison-Barnes-Getty-111218.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 23 points and the Dallas Mavericks overcame a sluggish performance by prized rookie Luka Doncic to beat the Chicago Bulls 103-98 Monday night.

Doncic, the leading scorers among NBA rookies, shot 3 for 12 and finished with 11 points as Dallas won for the third time in four games after a six-game skid. J.J. Barea added 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Zach LaVine led Chicago with 26 points. Jabari Parker scored all but two of his 16 points in the second half.

Chicago came up just short on a night when the Mavericks threatened to break the game open several times. It was 87-84 midway through the fourth quarter when Dennis Smith Jr. hit a jumper and Barnes made two free throws to stretch the lead to seven points. Doncic hit a 3 with just over three minutes left to make it 96-88. After the Bulls cut their deficit to four points, Barnes made two free throws with 10.5 seconds left and the Mavericks hung on.

Mavericks: Dallas Mavericks guard Wesley Matthews missed Monday's game because of a strained left hamstring. Matthews did not travel to Chicago. He played 31 minutes in a win over Oklahoma City on Saturday. Coach Rick Carlisle says the Mavericks hope he can play Wednesday, when the Mavericks host Utah. ... Lincolnshire, Illinois, native Jalen Brunson scored two points in his first NBA game in Chicago. ... Carlisle said the Mavericks would have drafted Wendell Carter Jr. with the fifth overall pick this year had they not traded up to get Doncic at No. 3. Carter went to the Bulls at No. 7. "I see him as another coming of an Al Horford-type player," Carlisle said. ... Barnes' 22 points were a season-high.

Bulls: The Bulls expect F Lauri Markkanen to miss more time than they initially anticipated because of a left elbow injury he suffered in the preseason. Coach Fred Hoiberg said Markkanen will likely wind up missing nine to 11 weeks. The Bulls initially thought he would be out six to eight weeks after he was hurt in practice in late September. Hoiberg said Markkanen still is experiencing some pain and is not shooting from long range. ... Hoiberg said G Kris Dunn (sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee) has not started running on the court. He was hurt at Dallas on Oct. 22. ... G Ryan Arcidiacono scored nine points in his first professional matchup with Brunson, his teammate at Villanova.

Mavericks: Host Utah on Wednesday.

Bulls: Visit Boston on Wednesday.

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Rare Doubleheader at the American Airlines Center]]>Sun, 11 Nov 2018 23:54:18 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/American+Airlines+Center+111118.jpg

Plenty of hustle on display at the American Airlines Center on Saturday, and we’re not even talking about what the Stars and Mavericks did in their games. NBC 5’s Paul Jones has the story of a rare doubleheader at the AAC and the unsung heroes who made sure it went off without a hitch.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Dancers, 2015-2016]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 08:44:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/513700850.jpgPhotos of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers during the 2015-2016 season.

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<![CDATA[Rookie Doncic, Veteran Barea Lead Mavs Past Thunder]]>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 23:00:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-102918.jpg

Rookie Luka Doncic scored 22 points and veteran J.J. Barea added 21 off the bench, including 16 in a first-half surge, as the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 111-96 Saturday night.

The Mavericks won for the second time in nine games and snapped the Thunder's seven-game winning streak after they had lost their first four games of the season.

Harrison Barnes and Dorian Finney-Smith scored 11 points each and Dennis Smith Jr. had 10 for Dallas.

Paul George and Steven Adams had double-doubles for Oklahoma City, each finishing with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Dennis Schroder added 19 points and Jerami Grant had 13.

Oklahoma City raced to an early 18-12 lead, but Barea scored 11 points in a foul-filled first quarter, including two free throws for a 23-22 lead at the end of the quarter. Barea accounted for 16 of the Mavericks' 20 points for a 32-24 lead before returning to the bench.

Dallas stayed hot, building its lead to 24 points, 57-33, before the Thunder scored the last 12 points of the first half.

The 34-year-old Barea was the second-oldest Maverick active for the game. He led the way as the Dallas bench outscored Oklahoma City's 22-5.

The Mavericks' youngest player, 19-year-old Doncic, scored nine of his points in the third quarter.

The Thunder made only 39 percent of their field goal attempts (38 for 97).

In the first quarter, George and Schroder scored eight apiece for the Thunder, who committed eight of the 15 fouls in the quarter.

Dallas outscored Oklahoma City 34-11 in the first 10 minutes of the second quarter .

Barea scored his game-high 16 first-half points in 10 minutes. George and Schroder each had 11 at halftime.

Thunder: Russell Westbrook missed his third game because of a sprained left ankle. . The bench scored only two points in the first half on 1-for-13 shooting. . Raymond Felton, Oklahoma City's oldest player, was born the same day as Dallas' J.J. Barea - June 26, 1984.

Mavericks: Allowed a season-low 96 points -- 13 less than their previous low, 109 by Chicago on Oct. 22 . Led by J.J. Barea's 16, the bench provided 30 of Dallas' 57 first-half points. . Held the Thunder to 45 points in the first half, the fewest this season for a Dallas opponent. . The Mavericks shot 13 for 18 (72 percent) from the field in the second quarter, including 6 of 8 (75) from 3-point range.

Thunder: Play the first of two home games against Phoenix on Monday.

Mavericks: Take a quick trip to play Chicago on Monday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mitchell Returns, Jazz End Skid With Win Vs Mavs]]>Sat, 10 Nov 2018 23:06:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points in his return from an ankle injury and the Utah Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-102 on Wednesday night to end a four-game skid.

Mitchell also had seven assists and five rebounds, and Rudy Gobert had 17 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. Alec Burks added 18 points off the bench.

Utah earned its first home win of the season after opening with four straight home losses for the first time since 1974-75.

Luka Doncic led the Mavericks with 24 points. Harrison Barnes added 14 points, and DeAndre Jordan chipped in 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Dallas lost for the seventh time in eight games. The Mavericks committed 25 turnovers leading to 31 points.

Everything the Jazz need to be successful fell into place in the first half. Utah played tenacious defense, had strong ball movement and utilized smart shot selection. The end result is the Jazz pulled away from the Mavericks in quick and easy fashion.

Utah seized control in the first quarter. The Jazz scored baskets on four straight possessions -- starting with a dunk from Derrick Favors and ending in a 3-point play from Gobert -- to take an 18-8 lead.

Dallas closed within five points, making it 21-16 after J.J. Barea hit a pair of free throws. That's as close as the Mavericks would get. Utah strung together a 24-5 run over a seven-minute stretch spanning the first and second quarter.

Mitchell rotated in with the second unit at the end of the first quarter and helped fuel much of the run. He assisted on three baskets in that stretch and scored another. Back-to-back baskets from Gobert and Burks punctuated the run and gave Utah a 45-21 lead with 7:18 left in the first half.

Jalen Brunson made three straight baskets in the fourth to help Dallas shave Utah's lead to 101-92. The Jazz ended the rally behind back-to-back baskets from Mitchell and Favors that made it 114-98 with 1:40 left.


Mavericks: Jordan collected at least 10 rebounds for a franchise record 11th straight game. ... Dallas outscored Utah 18-6 in second chance points. ... The Mavericks shot 36 of 40 from the free-throw line. Doncic and Brunson each went 7 of 7 on free throws. Jordan was 7 of 8.

Jazz: Ricky Rubio had nine assists in the first half -- three more than Dallas totaled as a team before halftime. Rubio finished with 12 assists. ... The Jazz committed a single turnover in the first quarter while forcing seven. They outscored the Mavericks 13-0 in points off turnovers during the quarter. ... Utah outscored Dallas 48-30 in the paint.


Mavericks: Host the Thunder on Saturday.

Jazz: Host the Celtics on Friday.

<![CDATA[Doncic, Smith Lead Mavs Past Wizards 119-100 to Stop Skid]]>Tue, 06 Nov 2018 23:28:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 23 points and Dennis Smith Jr. made three key plays down the stretch as the Dallas Mavericks ended a six-game losing streak by beating the Washington Wizards 119-100 Tuesday night.

It was the Mavericks' 16th win in their last 17 meetings with the Wizards. Wesley Matthews added 22 points for Dallas, and Harrison Barnes had 19 points and 13 rebounds.

John Wall led the Wizards with 24 points. Otto Porter Jr. and Bradley Beal had 19 each, but Beal was 1 for 9 on 3-point attempts.

Washington trailed by 24 in the first half and 21 at halftime, but forced 11 Dallas turnovers in the second half and climbed back into the game behind its top three players.

The Wizards were within six when Smith scooted past Dwight Howard to grab an offensive rebound and fed a cutting DeAndre Jordan for a dunk that put the Mavs up 101-93 with 5:33 left.

Just 30 seconds later, the pair collaborated again on a pretty alley-oop, then Smith stole the ball from Beal and got it to Barnes for a three-point play and a 13-point lead. Smith finished with 19 points and seven assists.

The Mavericks won their third game considerably sooner than the previous two seasons -- they started 2-14 last year and 2-13 in 2016-17.

The Wizards took their only lead at 13-12 on Porter's 3-pointer with 5:48 left in the first quarter. Doncic answered by scoring eight points in a 12-2 run that put the Mavericks up by nine. They led 35-24 after one.

In the second quarter, Dallas made nine of 14 3s, including four by Matthews and a rainbow by Doncic just before the halftime buzzer to give the Mavericks a 70-49 lead at the break. It was the Mavs' highest first-half output of the young season.

Washington started the third quarter strong, with Beal scoring seven points in a 12-4 run to pull within 13. Porter had three 3s in the quarter, the last in the final seconds to bring the Wizards within single digits for the first time since the first period.


Wizards: Coach Scott Brooks reminisced about Dallas counterpart Rick Carlisle, his roommate in the CBA in 1987. "He doesn't get a lot of credit for being a great player," Brooks said. When pressed by skeptical reporters about his claim, Brooks drew laughter by arguing that he would recognize greatness because: "I WAS a great player. I was better than a lot of guys that you're asking me about and a lot of guys that tried to make it," he said.

Mavericks: Devin Harris missed his ninth straight game with a left hamstring strain. Carlisle said Harris wouldn't play before the weekend at the earliest. ... Jordan had 12 rebounds and has been in double digits in all 10 games with the Mavs.


Wizards: At Orlando on Friday, the middle game of a three-game road trip.

Mavericks: At Utah on Wednesday. Dallas is 0-5 on the road this season.

<![CDATA[Rookies Lead Way as Knicks Make Easy Work of Mavs]]>Fri, 02 Nov 2018 23:00:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mitchell-Robinson-Knicks-Getty-110218.jpg

Allonzo Trier's two-way contract with New York is looking more and more like a one-way deal.

As in, the rookie guard isn't leaving the Knicks anytime soon.

Trier scored 19 of his career-high 23 points during a second-half surge, fellow rookie Mitchell Robinson had his first double-double and the Knicks beat Dallas 118-106 Friday night, handing the Mavericks their sixth straight loss.

"I've been here, what is this, 10 games now?" Trier asked, overshooting the number by one after missing just two shots (8 of 10). "It's been a lot of fun and I'm learning more each and every day, and we're learning more about everybody on this team and how to use everybody, not just me."

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points and six rebounds to help the Knicks win for the second time in three games after a five-game skid that followed a victory in their opener.

Robinson set career highs with 13 points and 10 rebounds. New York outscored Dallas 33-18 in the third quarter after trailing by three at halftime, and led by as many as 17 in the fourth, when Trier scored 14 .

Dennis Smith Jr. scored 23 points and 19-year-old rookie Luka Doncic had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Mavericks, who matched their longest losing streak from the lost 2017-18 season.

That six-game skid a year ago led to a 2-14 start and 24-58 finish, and this slump followed a 2-1 start that marked Dallas' first winning record since the end of the 2015-16 season. The Mavericks opened 2-13 two seasons ago.

"At this point, we've got to get angry," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We've got to get more together. We've got to have two great practice days. That's where we are."

The Knicks shot just 24 percent from 3-point territory against the worst defending team from long range, but they made up for it inside the arc. New York shot 71 percent (39 of 55) on 2-pointers and was at 55 percent overall for the game.

Lance Thomas scored nine of his 10 points when the Knicks took control in the third and assisted during the surge on Robinson's reverse alley-oop dunk .

"I was high in the air, so why not just go ahead and do something?" asked Robinson, the former Louisiana high school standout whose previous rebounding high was six.

Dorian Finney-Smith had 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting for the Mavericks, but Harrison Barnes was held to 1 of 7 from 3-point range while scoring 14 points. DeAndre Jordan had a season-low four points and matched his lowest rebounding total this season with 10.

Knicks: Damyean Dotson just missed his second double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and eight rebounds. ... Others among the seven double-figure scorers were Enes Kanter (13 points) and Mario Hezonja (11).

Mavericks: G Devin Harris was out again with a left hamstring strain. He hasn't played since the opener. ... J.J. Barea matched his season low with two points, attempting just five shots. He equaled Doncic with six assists.

Robinson's best game so far came against Jordan, the 6-foot-11 center who extended his Dallas record with his ninth straight double-digit rebound game to start a season. Robinson matched Jordan on the boards and was much more of a factor offensively, going 5 of 6 from the field. "I think DeAndre is a guy that Mitchell looks up to, and really respects," Knicks coach David Fizdale said. "Obviously there are a lot of similarities there that we're going to be using DeAndre as a model for Mitchell."

Another versatile game from Doncic, who has been Dallas' best player in his first two-plus weeks, prompted questions for Carlisle over whether the rookie should have a more prominent role in the offense. Carlisle was thinking about the sixth game out of nine in which the Mavericks have allowed at least 50 percent shooting. "I'm so much more focused on the defense that the questions about the offense, to me, are insignificant," the coach said. "It's become too commonplace. That's not going to get it, and I know we can do better."

Both teams play Washington. The Knicks are at the Wizards on Sunday, and the Mavericks get them at home Tuesday after a three-day break.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[James' Free Throw Gives Lakers Win Over Mavericks]]>Thu, 01 Nov 2018 04:49:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/209*120/LeBron+James+vs.+Mavs.png

LeBron James walked into Staples Center on Halloween dressed as Jason from the "Friday the 13th" movies. Five hours later, he saved the Los Angeles Lakers from a horrifying ending.

The four-time MVP scored 29 points and made the game-winning free throw with 2.1 seconds left Wednesday night as the Lakers held on for a 114-113 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

"I don't like the way we closed out the game, but for the majority of the game we played well," James said.

Los Angeles led nearly throughout and was up 111-98 with 3:42 to go before the Mavericks went on a 15-2 run to pull even. Luka Doncic tied it at 113 with 7.2 seconds remaining on a jumper from the corner, but on the next trip down the floor James was fouled by Wesley Mathews while shooting a jump shot.

James missed the first free throw but made the second. J.J. Barea missed a 3-pointer for Dallas as time expired, and the Lakers (3-5) stopped a two-game skid.

"NBA games are never over and you have to play the game a certain way," Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "If you mess with the game, the game will mess with you and I thought we did that a little bit. Hopefully we can learn the same lesson even if it was a win."

JaVale McGee added 16 points and 15 rebounds, Kyle Kuzma scored 18 and Brandon Ingram had 17 for the Lakers.

Matthews led Dallas with 21 points and Harrison Barnes scored 19. The Mavericks (2-6) have lost five straight.

"I love the fight. Our first quarter was very disappointing but we battled back," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We were able to get stops in the fourth quarter and we were getting some momentum on offense."

The Lakers scored the first eight points and led by 18 in the first quarter as they went 15 of 23 from the field and made six 3-pointers.

Dallas trimmed the margin to 66-59 by halftime. Matthews' driving bank shot pulled the Mavericks to 70-64 before the Lakers went on a 17-4 run -- which included 10 points by James -- to open their largest lead at 87-68 with 4:40 remaining in the third.

The closest the Mavericks got in the first eight minutes of the fourth was 98-90 with 8:12 left.


The Mavericks, who dropped to 0-5 on the road, are one of seven teams in the NBA without a win away from home. They have lost 10 straight road games dating back to last season.


Doncic, the second pick in the 2018 draft, said before the game that he grew up idolizing James. The teenager from Slovenia, who scored 31 points Monday night at San Antonio and is averaging 20.4 points per game, might have been in awe a bit during his first game against James as he missed his first six shots.

Doncic was able to shake off the slow start, though, as he made his final five shots from the field and finished with 14 points. James gave Doncic his jersey after the game.


The Lakers held the Mavericks to 37 percent from the floor in the first and third quarters (17 of 46), but Dallas shot 65 percent (26 of 40) in the second and fourth.

"The first and third quarters defensively we were pretty good and then we had two awful quarters. It is just about getting better with those things," Walton said.


Mavericks: DeAndre Jordan had 12 rebounds and 10 points. ... Barea (15 points) and Dwight Powell (12) came off the bench to score in double figures. ... The Mavericks were 14 of 19 from the field in the second quarter. ... G Devin Harris (left hamstring strain) missed his seventh straight game.

Lakers: Have won three straight against the Mavericks. ... McGee also had five blocked shots, making it his first game with at least 15 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks since Jan. 14, 2012, with Washington. The last Lakers player to accomplish that was Pau Gasol on Jan. 20, 2014, at Chicago. ... Kuzma scored 11 points in the first quarter. ... The 38 points were a season high for a first quarter. ... F Michael Beasley missed his second straight game due to personal reasons.


Mavericks: Host New York on Friday.

Lakers: At Portland on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[DeRozan Outduels Doncic, Spurs Beat Mavs in OT]]>Mon, 29 Oct 2018 21:56:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Luka-Doncic-Getty-102918.jpg

DeMar DeRozan had 34 points and nine assists and the San Antonio Spurs withstood a 31-point outburst by Dallas rookie Luka Doncic in a 113-108 overtime victory over the Mavericks on Monday night.

LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points as San Antonio won its second overtime game.

DeRozan and Doncic battled in the final minutes of regulation and into overtime in a game that included 10 lead changes and 12 ties.

DeRozan scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, while Doncic had 10 points in the same span.

DeRozan made two free throws to give the Spurs a 102-101 lead with 39.1 seconds left in regulation. Doncic missed a driving layup against Aldridge, and DeRozan missed a jumper in the lane. Dennis Smith Jr. was fouled by DeRozan with 1.6 seconds remaining. The Mavericks' point guard made the first free throw, tying the game at 102-all, and missed the second. DeRozan missed a jumper inside the 3-point line as regulation expired.

It was one of the few times DeRozan failed to come through on either offense and defense for the Spurs. The 6-foot-7 guard, who was acquired in the offseason from Toronto for Kawhi Leonard, was 12 for 21 from the field and had six rebounds and three steals.

With 7 minutes remaining in regulation, DeRozan stole the ball from Wes Matthews, sprinted downcourt and backed up Matthews before hitting a turnaround, fadeaway jumper from 12 feet for an 89-83 lead.

The spurt erased the Mavericks' 21-6 run at the start of the third that was punctuated by Doncic's 3-pointer and the Mavericks ahead 66-59.

The Spurs made six 3-pointers in the third, including two in a row by Belinelli, followed by another by Forbes, to reclaim a 76-71 lead with a minute remaining in the period.

Smith finished with 22 points for Dallas.

Mavericks: Doncic played 37 minutes despite suffering from a strained back that put his status in question. Donic tweaked his left ankle on a drive late in overtime but remained in the game. . Dallas extended its franchise record to 189 straight games with at least five 3-pointers. The streak began March 9, 2016. . DeAndre Jordan had 18 rebounds but was held to eight points, marking the first time he has not had a double-double this season.

Spurs: DeRozan has led the Spurs in scoring in all but one game this season. . San Antonio matched a season low by holding Dallas to 18 points in the opening quarter. The Spurs also held the Lakers to 18 points in the final quarter of Saturday's victory.

Mavericks: At Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday.

Spurs: At Phoenix on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Gobert, Jordan Post Double-Doubles, Jazz Beat Mavs]]>Sun, 28 Oct 2018 21:41:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Rudy-Gobbert-Jazz-Getty-102818.jpg

It's something special when Utah's Rudy Gobert and Dallas' DeAndre Jordan face each other.

Centers Gobert and Jordan recorded their sixth straight double-doubles in six games this season, but it was the Jazz who emerged with the win, defeating the Mavericks 113-104 in a sloppy game Sunday night.

Gobert finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Jordan added 12 points, 4 for 4 from the line, 19 rebounds and a career-high nine assists.

"Any time you play against another top center in the league, I'm sure it's going to be a challenge," Jordan said. "But it's fun, I'm a competitor and I'm sure he is too."

Any rivalry between them is not bitter.

"It's friendly," Jordan said. "We're always going to talk smack, but you know it's just part of the game."

Gobert has had his way with the Mavericks in the past but noticed a difference since Jordan arrived in Dallas this season from the Clippers.

"It makes a big difference when you have a guy that can rebound, that can protect the basket," Gobert said. "He brings a lot of attention when he runs to the basket, so I think it changes the team for sure."

The Jazz overcame 18 turnovers and won going away after taking a five-point lead, 82-77, into the fourth quarter.

Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points for Utah. Jae Crowder added 15 points and Joe Ingles had 12.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder said his team doesn't rely on any one player.

"We're not about our starters, we are not about our bench and we are not about any one player," he said.

Examples were second-year man Georges Niang and rookie Grayson Allen, who exceeded or equaled their NBA high point totals.

Dennis Smith Jr. kept Dallas in the game with strong second-half shooting, going 9 for 12 from the field, including 7 for 7 with two 3-pointers for 16 points in the third quarter. He had 21 of his game-high and career-high-tying 27 points in the second half.

Wesley Matthews scored 22, Luka Doncic added 14 and Maxi Kleber had 11 for Dallas.

Jordan explained how he could have three more assists than his previous high total.

"I'm up there at the top of the key a lot trying to make plays. Wes and Dennis and Harrison (Barnes) do a great job of cutting and it was easier to find those guys today."

The first quarter ended with Utah leading 26-19. Dallas shot 26 percent (6 for 23) from the field in the period.

In contrast, the Jazz were 11 for 16 (69 percent) from the field in the second quarter. Nine Utah turnovers in the quarter helped Dallas stay within 50-46 at halftime.

Despite Smith's 16 points in the third quarter, the Jazz outscored Dallas 32-31.

Jazz: F Derrick Favors did not play because of a sore left knee. ... Jae Crowder left the game after rolling an ankle. X rays were negative. ... Second-year F Georges Niang had a career-high 13 points. Rookie Grayson Allen tied his NBA high with 11.

Mavericks: PG Dennis Smith Jr. returned after missing a game with a sprained right ankle. ... G Devin Harris missed his fifth straight game because of a strained left hamstring. Coach Rick Carlisle said Harris could return to play on Wednesday against the Lakers.

Jordan, a career 45-percent free throw shooter, made all four attempts against. Utah, and is 26 for 30 (87 percent) this season. When he goes to the line now, he talks to the player lined up to his left, and then to his right, before shooting as a technique to relax and improve his concentration.

Eight players tied for the scoring lead in the first quarter. Five Utah players and three Mavericks each scored four. At halftime, Jazz G Donovan Mitchell was the only player in double figures.

Jazz: Complete a four-game trip on Wednesday at Minnesota

Mavericks: Begin a two-game trip at San Antonio on Monday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Photo Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Lowry Has 20 as Raptors Win 6th Straight, Beat Mavs]]>Sun, 28 Oct 2018 23:46:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/176*120/GettyImages-1054054486.jpg

With a strong start and a big finish, Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors added to their perfect start.

Lowry had 20 points and 12 assists, Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points and Toronto set a franchise record with its sixth straight win to start the season, beating the Dallas Mavericks 116-107 on Friday night.

Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points, Danny Green had 15 and Serge Ibaka finished with 11 as the Raptors eclipsed the 5-0 start they recorded in 2015-16.

DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Mavericks, who trailed by 17 points in the first quarter. Luka Doncic scored 22 points, and Wesley Matthews had 21.

Jordan struggled to find a family friendly way to describe Dallas' poor showing in the first.

"Our defense to start the game has been ... what's a G-rated word? Terrible," he said.

Dallas clawed back and trailed by three heading into the fourth, but Toronto opened the quarter with a 9-2 run. Dallas shot 7 for 24 in the fourth.

"We just didn't compete at the same level they did down the stretch," Mavs forward Harrison Barnes said. "That's what the big difference was."

Lowry, who didn't turn the ball over, recorded 10 or more assists for a career-best fourth straight game. He's the first Raptors player to accomplish the feat since Jose Calderon had five in a row in March 2012.

"He's really good," Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. "Each year that goes by, he starts being able to pick out things and see it more clearly."

Nurse replaced Dwane Casey last summer. He is staying focused during Toronto's solid start.

"I'm not getting too far down the road," Nurse said.

Dallas, which let a 26-point lead slip away in Wednesday's loss at Atlanta, dropped its second straight after winning two in a row.

"We did a lot of good things tonight but we obviously have some things to clean up," coach Rick Carlisle said.

Green scored 12 points in the first as the Raptors raced out to an 18-2 lead. Toronto led 39-26 after its highest-scoring quarter of the season so far.

Matthews scored nine points in the second and Doncic had eight as Dallas cut the deficit to five late in the quarter. Leonard scored nine points for the Raptors and Lowry had eight to help Toronto to a 69-60 lead at halftime.


Barnes made his season debut after missing the first four games because of a strained right hamstring. He shot 5 for 17 and scored 14 points.

"He gives us a dimension that we desperately need so it's great to have him back out there," Carlisle said.


Jordan arrived for the game dressed in a replica of the No. 58 jersey his brother Avery Jordan wears as an offensive lineman for the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the Canadian Football League. Hamilton is about 40 miles west of Toronto. Jordan said he watches his brother's games on television but has been unable to attend one in person.


Mavericks: Jordan led Dallas with five assists. ... Dallas missed nine of its first 10 field-goal attempts, and then made eight of the next 12. ... Mavs rookie Jalen Brunson is the son of former Raptors guard and nine-year NBA veteran Rick Brunson.

Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (sprained left big toe) missed his second straight game. ... G Delon Wright (left thigh) sat for the fifth time in six games. ... F OG Anunoby (personal reason) was inactive. ... Toronto has allowed at least 100 points in all six games this season. ... Leonard led Toronto with nine rebounds. ... Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman and New York Mets outfielder Jose Bautista, a former Jays slugger, sat courtside.


Mavericks: Host Utah on Sunday night.

Raptors: At Milwaukee on Monday night.

Photo Credit: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Hawks Rally to Beat Mavs]]>Sun, 28 Oct 2018 23:46:01 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-1053069400.jpg

Kent Bazemore scored 32 points, including a thunderous slam with just over a minute to go, and the Atlanta Hawks rallied from a 26-point deficit in the first half to stun the Dallas Mavericks 111-104 on Wednesday night.

Trae Young added 17 points on a tough shooting night, bouncing back in the fourth quarter to help the youthful Hawks complete their comeback in a rookie showdown with Luca Doncic of the Mavericks.

Doncic finished with 21 points, but hit only 3 of 10 shots over the final two quarters.

The Hawks made it a night to remember at newly rechristened State Farm Arena, which hosted its first game after a $192.5 million renovation that was largely completed over the last two offseasons. The crowd spent much of the first half enjoying the amenities, including a barber shop overlooking the court, but really got into the game as the home team kept creeping closer and closer to Dallas.

"Thank you Atlanta," Young told the fans after the game. "This is just the beginning."

Coming off a 35-point, 11-assist performance in a victory at Cleveland, Young struggled with his shot and kept turning the ball over to help Dallas race to a 51-25 lead only 4 minutes into the second quarter. But the Hawks turned things around before halftime, closing to 58-48 at the break, and they finally passed the Mavs when Young was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 5:13 remaining. He made all three free throws, putting Atlanta up 96-95.

Bazemore finished with a flourish , spotting an opening down the middle of the lane and jamming it through with the left hand to make it 105-101 with 1:06 remaining.

Young and Doncic are two of the NBA's most touted rookies, and they figure to be linked together for the rest of their careers.

The Hawks selected the 19-year-old Slovenian with the No. 3 overall pick, only to deal him to the Mavericks in exchange for Young, who was chosen at No. 5. Atlanta also picked up 2019 first-round selection in the deal.


Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle was asked before the game how his team could improve its defense against the 3-pointer. "Get closer to them," he quipped. Dallas took his jab to heart, limiting the Hawks to 39.5 percent on 15-of-38 shooting beyond the arc. Coming into the game, the Mavericks were giving up nearly 55 percent from 3-point range. ... Wesley Matthews led the way with 23 points.

Hawks: Taurean Prince had 24 points, while DeAndre' Bembry grabbed 16 rebounds in just 29 minutes of playing time. ... F Alex Poythress left the game in the first half with an injured knee and did not return.


Mavericks: Travel to Toronto on Friday to take on the Raptors.

Hawks: Host Chicago on Saturday before going back on the road for two games.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Photo Credit: Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Jordan Gets Another Double-Double as Mavs Top Bulls]]>Mon, 22 Oct 2018 21:30:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DeAndre-Jordan-102218.jpg

DeAndre Jordan became the first Dallas player in 24 years to start a season with three straight double-doubles, getting 18 points and 16 rebounds to help the Mavericks beat the Chicago Bulls 115-109 on Monday night.

Luka Doncic scored 19 in the 19-year-old's second home game, another win that put the Mavericks (2-1) over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2015-16 season.

Zach LaVine scored 34 for the Bulls and is the third Chicago player to open a season with three straight 30-point games. The others were Michael Jordan in 1986 and Bob Love in 1971.

Wesley Matthews led six Dallas players in double figures with 20 points. Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell and Dorian Finney-Smith scored 12 apiece.

J.J. Barea scored nine, including a long 3-pointer just before the third-quarter buzzer. The 30-footer, Barea's only make in seven shots behind the arc, was part of a 14-2 run covering the third and fourth quarters for a 96-86 lead after neither team had been up by more than five.

Jabari Parker scored 20 points for Chicago but had just four after halftime as the Bulls dropped to 0-3 for the second straight year.

Chicago cut a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to five in the final minute, but Doncic, the third overall pick, collected a bad pass by No. 7 overall choice Wendell Carter Jr. in the backcourt after a Dallas miss and hit the layup.

The last Dallas player with three straight double-doubles to start a season was Popeye Jones in 1994.

There were 12 lead changes in the first half, including on seven straight buckets early in the second quarter. The last was on a 3-pointer by LaVine for a 47-45 Chicago lead. There were three more ties before halftime, with Cameron Payne hitting a floater in the final minute to put the Bulls up 61-59 at the break. The game finished with 17 lead changes.

Robin Lopez wasn't happy with referee Sean Corbin's explanation after the Chicago center was called for a foul when he got tangled with Dwight Powell in the first quarter. Lopez appeared upset that Corbin said he was "trying to help" the big man from Stanford, and Lopez used the word "platitudes" in his retort. The big word was preceded by an expletive, and Corbin signaled for a technical foul.

Bulls: Carter was badly overshadowed by Doncic in the matchup of top 10 picks from this year's draft. He finished with four points, but did lead the Bulls with nine rebounds. ... Justin Holliday scored 16 points, and Bobby Portis had 12.

Mavericks: Doncic became youngest Dallas player to record a 20-point game with 26 in his home debut, a 140-136 win over Minnesota. He beat Smith, who did it as a rookie last November, by 113 days. ... Harrison Barnes (hamstring) and Dirk Nowitzki (ankle) are still awaiting their season debuts. Devin Harris missed a second straight game with a hamstring injury.

Bulls: Charlotte at home Wednesday.

Mavericks: At Atlanta on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Youngsters Doncic, Smith Lead Mavs Past Wolves]]>Sat, 20 Oct 2018 21:41:59 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Luka Doncic scored 26 points in the teenager's home debut, Dennis Smith Jr. converted a tiebreaking three-point play with six seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 140-136 in a wild offensive game Saturday night.

DeAndre Jordan had 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks for the Mavericks in his first game in front of the fans who used to boo him unmercifully after the Texas native backed out on a pledge to join Dallas in free agency three years ago.

The Timberwolves didn't seem to miss Jimmy Butler much after letting the disgruntled guard stay home to rest on the second night of their first back-to-back this season. Minnesota matched the most points Dallas has given up a first quarter while going up 46-37.

Karl-Anthony Towns scored 31 points, including an off-balance 3-pointer that helped get the Timberwolves close in the final minute.

Derrick Rose scored 28 for Minnesota but got beat on the decisive play by Smith, who hit the jumper over Rose and drew the foul after Taj Gibson hit a tying jump hook in the lane with 27 seconds left.

Smith's free throw put the Mavericks up 137-134. He scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.

Doncic, the No. 3 overall pick and second-youngest to play in a game for the Mavericks, bounced back from a slow start and finished 8 of 16 from the field and 4 of 9 from 3-point range.

With 40-year-old fellow European Dirk Nowitzki watching from the bench in a light blue suit while deal with an ankle issue, Doncic missed his first three shots and committed two quick turnovers.

But the 19-year-old sparked a second-quarter flurry of 15 points in the final 6:41 of the quarter with a floater that drew a foul, although he missed the free throw. He poked away a loose ball and hit a second straight 3-pointer to give the Mavericks their first tie at 54-all.

The Mavericks, who trailed by 15 in the first quarter, took their first lead at 62-61 in the second quarter on Jordan's layup on an alley-oop pass from J.J. Barea, who finished with 11 assists.


Timberwolves: The Timberwolves shot 63 percent while building their first-quarter lead. ... Jeff Teague had 22 points and a team-high nine assists. ... Andrew Wiggins scored 19 before fouling out in the final seconds.

Mavericks: Harrison Barnes (right hamstring strain) and Devin Harris (left hamstring strain) joined Nowitzki on the sidelines. ... The Mavericks set a franchise record with 50 3-point attempts. ... Wesley Matthews and Dwight Powell scored 19 points apiece. Barea had 12. ... Jordan and Powell combined to go 14 of 17 from the field.


Timberwolves: Indiana at home on Monday.

Mavericks: Chicago at home on Monday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mavs to Host Party on the Plaza Before Home Opener Saturday]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:15:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-center-court.jpg

Ahead of their home opener Saturday night against the Timberwolves, the Dallas Mavericks will host a Party on the Plaza from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The party is open to all fans "to get rowdy, proud and loud for the game and will include food and drink specials, life-size board games, a digital photo booth, live broadcast from FOX Sports Southwest and visits from Mavs Entertainers including MavsMan, Champ, Mavs Dancers, ManiAACs and the Mavs Drumline."

FOX Sports Southwest will broadcast a special 90-minute edition of Mavericks Live pregame from the plaza beginning at 6 p.m. Dallas Mavericks Legends Derek Harper and Rolando Blackman are scheduled to join the live show as guests.

Fans are encouraged to dress in their best Mavs gear, make posters, and show off their MFFL spirit throughout.

The team said in a statement as fans explore the plaza, walk the blue carpet, and take their picture with larger than life player walls and the famous D_RK letters. There also will be jumbo size board games, including Jenga, Connect4, cornhole, Pop-A-Shot inflatables and free haircuts courtesy of MVRCK by Mitch.

Every fan who attends the game will receive a unique Mavs home opener T-shirt and a schedule magnet.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Mark Cuban's Tips for Lottery Winners]]>Fri, 19 Oct 2018 08:13:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TLMD_MARK_CUBAN_GAME.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who knows what it's like to suddenly become incredibly wealthy, has some tips (some practical and some philosophical) for lottery jackpot winners.

  • Hire a tax attorney first.

  • Don't take the lump sum. You don't want to blow it all in one spot.

  • If you weren't happy yesterday you won't be happy tomorrow. It's money. It's not happiness.

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Drop Season Opener to Suns 121-100]]>Wed, 17 Oct 2018 23:29:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    Devin Booker scored 19 of his 35 points in the final 6:44 and lifted the Phoenix Suns to a 121-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the teams' season opener on Wednesday night.

    Booker, who missed the entire preseason after undergoing a surgical procedure on his right (shooting) hand, sank four 3s, converted a three-point play, made a driving layup and hit two free throws after Dallas had cut what had been a 16-point lead to four.

    Two of the NBA's top rookies squared off in their debuts with different results.

    Deandre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, made 8 of 11 shots for 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had six assists. Dallas' Luka Doncic, the No. 3 overall pick, struggled from the field, making 5 of 16 shots -- 0 of 5 3-pointers -- for 10 points. He had four assists and eight rebounds.

    Trevor Ariza added 21 points, Josh Jackson 18 and T.J. Warren 17 for the Suns, who gave Igor Kokoskov a victory in his NBA head coaching debut.

    The Mavericks, already without Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes, lost Devin Harris to a strained left hamstring in the first quarter and never led after the game's opening minute. Dwight Powell led six Dallas players in double figures with 16 points.

    Ayton made his first shot, was fouled by Doncic, and the three-point play put Phoenix ahead 3-2. The Suns led the rest of the night.

    They scored the final 10 points of the first quarter, including 3s by Ariza and Booker, to lead 37-24.

    Dennis Smith Jr.'s two free throws cut the lead to 49-42, but consecutive Dallas turnovers led to a layup by Booker and Ariza's fourth 3-pointer and Phoenix led 56-46 at the break.

    Phoenix twice stretched the lead to 16 in the third quarter and was up 83-73 entering the fourth.

    But consecutive 3s by Dallas' Wesley Matthews and Jalen Brunson cut the Suns' lead to 94-90 with seven minutes to play.

    Booker followed with a driving layup, added a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired and converted a three-point play to put Phoenix up 102-94 with 4:34 to go.

    The Suns made 19 of 34 3s, seven of nine in the fourth quarter.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Nowitzki Hopes 21st Season With Mavs is Start of Turnaround]]>Tue, 16 Oct 2018 20:44:39 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+092118.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki hasn't won a playoff series since leading the Dallas Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 and has watched the franchise's steady slide to depths not seen since he was the fresh-faced rookie out of Europe 20 years ago.

    If Nowitzki's record 21st season with the same team is his last, the superstar from Germany at least wants to be able to say he was there for the beginning of a turnaround.

    Those hopes are grounded in another precocious Euro transplant, No. 3 overall pick Luka Doncic from Slovenia, and second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who can tell his new young teammate what it's like to start an NBA career as a teenager. The Mavericks open the season next Wednesday at Phoenix.

    "To me it was always about winning and keeping us a winning franchise," Nowitzki said. "Ever since the championship we had a few rough seasons, snuck into the playoffs a couple times, missed the playoffs. So it's been tough to be part of it at times. But hopefully we're headed in the right direction. Hopefully we'll have a better year than the last two."

    Winning now might fall a little bit more toward the older guys.

    Harrison Barnes was the first big step toward life after Nowitzki as the team's leading scorer the past two seasons after winning a title and losing in the NBA Finals with Golden State. Center DeAndre Jordan, one of the game's best rebounders, finally joined the Mavericks three years after backing out on a pledge to do so.

    "It's a newfound energy now, being on a new team and a new nucleus and a new owner and a great city with amazing fans," Jordan said. "These fans have always been amazing, every time I've been here and played. I think there's a new energy and a new excitement with our team."

    Losing is getting old for coach Rick Carlisle, going into his 11th season with the Mavericks. He had just one sub-.500 record in his first 14 years as an NBA coach. The second of two in a row (24-58) was Dallas' first 50-loss season since the last of seven in a span of eight seasons in 1998, a couple of months before Nowitzki showed up.

    "I'm not going to throw any numbers out. I'm not going to do anything stupid like that," Carlisle said. "When I went to Detroit in 2001, I got asked that question, someone asked, `Hey, you think you can be .500?' And I said, `Why would you want to throw out 41 as a number that you're striving for?"'


    The 40-year-old is expected to come off the bench with regularity for the first time since he was a rookie. The Jordan signing clinched it, since Nowitzki was considered the starting center last season. Shooting guard Wesley Matthews is the other starter along with Smith, Barnes, Doncic and Jordan. Nowitzki knows it will be different but is fine with it.

    "When you come off the bench, you usually don't have the luxury of easing into the game," said Nowitzki, who might not be ready for the opener because of a slower-than-expected recovery from ankle surgery in April. "You got to be on right away, which was never really my thing. But I'll have an extra coffee or something and come out firing."


    The 19-year-old Doncic's court sense and passing ability raise the question of who might be the better facilitator between him and Smith, who was third among rookies in assists last season. This much figures to be true: the Mavericks have a promising point forward in the 6-foot-7 Doncic, likely to be listed as the starting power forward.

    "I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be great together," Nowitzki said. "They got to work out some stuff and get better, work through some mistakes together. But the sky's the limit for this backcourt for a long, long time."


    The Mavericks weren't good enough to make the playoffs in the West the past two seasons, but bad starts sapped any hope early both times (2-13 followed by 2-14). With a brighter outlook, it's more important for Dallas to avoid those miserable early records.

    "Our first game in Phoenix is huge," Barnes said. "That will start our season off in the right direction. When you dig yourself in the hole in the West, it's hard to get back."

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Tip-off Luncheon Kicks Off Season]]>Thu, 11 Oct 2018 05:42:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas-mavericks-practice.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are officially kicking off the 2018 season Thursday with a luncheon at the American Airlines Center. The players, coaching staff and announcers will be on hand to take a look at this year's team.

    Dallas opens the season on the road at Phoenix next Wednesday. Forward Harrison Barnes told NBC 5 he really likes the personality and make up of this year's team.

    "We have a good mix, young and vets," Barnes said. "There are some conversations where I have no idea what you're talking about, whether it's the parenting conversation or the gaming conversation, you know. We have different dynamics, but it's going pretty good."

    The event kicks off 11 a.m. and seats are still available. For ticket information you can head to Mavs.com.

    Proceeds from the event go to the Mavs foundations which serves women, children and families in North Texas.

    <![CDATA[Doncic Scores 15, Dallas Tops 76ers at China Games]]>Tue, 09 Oct 2018 05:47:35 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dmn-luka-doncic.jpg

    Fans in China got an ideal show: a down-to-the-wire game, and a chance to cheer one of their own.

    Luka Doncic scored 15 points, JJ Barea added 14 and the Dallas Mavericks topped the Philadelphia 76ers 115-112 on Monday night to earn a split of the teams' NBA China Games series.

    But the biggest cheers of the night were saved for Dallas' Ding Yanyuhang, who played the final 8:33 -- a stint he won't forget.

    "We know how special this night is for Ding," Barea said. "We love him as a teammate and we've been having some fun the last couple days. We're proud of him and we're excited for him."

    Mavs coach Rick Carlisle presented Ding with the game ball afterward. The Chinese rookie was held out of the first game in the two-game Philadelphia-Dallas series with knee soreness but gutted his way through it on Monday night.

    "Ding did very well, considering that he's only had one partial-contact practice, which was (Sunday)," Carlisle said. "He hasn't practiced. So to go out there and be part of that group that finished the game successfully is a very good thing."

    Carlisle said Ding will sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Texas Legends, the Mavericks' G League affiliate, when the team returns to Dallas. He will need continued rehab on his knee, and when he's cleared to play he will head to the G League.

    Ding, who finished with one point, called the chance to play an NBA game in China "a precious gift."

    Jalen Brunson had 11 points for Dallas, plus got a steal in the final seconds to help preserve the win. Dennis Smith Jr. and Dwight Powell each scored 10 for the Mavericks.

    Joel Embiid scored 29 points for Philadelphia, going 11 for 16 from 2-point range -- though he did miss all six of his 3-point tries. Robert Covington scored 18 points for the 76ers, who got 10 points apiece from JJ Redick and Ben Simmons.

    Monday was Philadelphia's preseason finale, and Sixers coach Brett Brown raved about Embiid's exhibition season.

    "I believe when you watch what he's doing, and he's had a summer of health, and he's had a preseason of health, that there are signs of dominance," Brown said. "And where I get most excited is his leadership and his maturity have been excellent."

    Redick made his first shot Monday, meaning he started 11 for 11 on the China trip. He made all 10 of his shots in Philadelphia's win over Dallas on Friday and finished 4 for 9 on Monday.

    There were six lead changes and two ties in the fourth quarter alone, and the game went down to the very last moment. Daryl Macon made one of two free throws with 13 seconds left to put Dallas up by two, and Brunson added a free throw following his steal to push the Mavericks' lead to three.

    Demetrius Jackson missed a pullup 3-pointer at the end that would have tied it for Philadelphia.


    Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki (ankle surgery rehab) remained sidelined, though he did address the crowd pregame in Shenzhen just as he did on Friday in Shanghai. ... Doncic got called for fouling Amir Johnson on a jump ball in the second quarter. Referee Tony Brothers said Doncic swiped Johnson across the arm as they leaped to control the tap. ... Dallas used 15 players, none of them taking more than nine shots.

    76ers: Philadelphia committed 70 fouls in China, 35 in each game. ... Embiid had a beautiful reverse pivot to get loose for a dunk late in the first half. Problem was, he slammed the ball into the front of the rim. ... Simmons got a first-quarter technical for flexing after a dunk. ... Philadelphia started 0 for 9 from 3-point range, before Mike Muscala connected.


    The booing of Redick -- "polite booing," he called it earlier in this trip to China -- continued every time he touched the ball. Redick appeared to use a derogatory term for Chinese people several months ago while taping part of a video where NBA players were wishing fans Happy New Year. Redick apologized quickly after the video came out and said the usage of the slur was unintentional, insisting that he was tongue-tied.


    Both teams were flying back to the U.S. after the game. Philadelphia was hoping for a slightly quicker trip than the one that brought it to China; the 76ers had a scheduled stop for refueling in Calgary, Alberta, on the way over and wound up being on the ground for several hours because of a snowstorm. All told, it took Philadelphia nearly 22 hours to get to China.


    Mavericks: Preseason finale at home Friday against Charlotte.

    76ers: Preseason complete, season opener at Boston on Oct. 16.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Smiley N. Pool | The Dallas Morning News]]>
    <![CDATA[Report: Mavs Fire photographer Accused of Sexual Harassment]]>Mon, 08 Oct 2018 14:42:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cynthia-Marshall-Mark-Cuban-DMN-100718.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have reportedly fired a team photographer amid allegations of sexual harassment from several women.

    The Dallas Morning News, citing sources it did not identify, reported that Danny Bollinger was fired last week after the newspaper detailed the allegations. The team didn't respond to a request for comment Monday.

    According to the paper, the team opened an investigation into the allegations a few days after the release of a report detailing years of sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct on the business side of the organization.

    The NBA accepted the findings in the report from a law firm hired the Mavericks. The club avoided basketball-related penalties as owner Mark Cuban agreed to donate $10 million to groups that promote the role of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence.

    According to the Morning News, Bollinger traveled to China, where Dallas played two exhibition games against Philadelphia, but was sent home early and subsequently fired.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Mavericks Face Questions About Photographer's Conduct]]>Fri, 05 Oct 2018 07:55:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/No+Work+place+Changes.jpg

    Two weeks after the Dallas Mavericks publicly released an investigative report that confirmed "numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct," the organization faces more questions about alleged inappropriate behavior by a longtime employee.

    Four former female employees who spoke on the condition of anonymity said team photographer Danny Bollinger has a history of propositioning female co-workers and making lewd comments in the workplace.

    Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[DeAndre Jordan Excited to Finally Join the Dallas Mavericks]]>Mon, 24 Sep 2018 21:50:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DeAndre+Jordan+092418.jpg

    In 2015, DeAndre Jordan verbally agreed to join the Mavericks, only to change his mind at the last minute and re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers. But now, all is forgiven as the 6-foot-11-inch center begins his career in Dallas.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
    <![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Addresses Mavericks' Workplace Investigation]]>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:37:51 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+092118.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki addressed the finds of the investigation into the Mavericks' workplace at the team's media day Friday.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Coach Speaks About Internal Investigation]]>Fri, 21 Sep 2018 16:24:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RICK_CARLISLE_ON_NBA_SOCIAL_ISSUES_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1193983043517.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle spoke about the organizations internal investigation into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct.]]>
    <![CDATA[Report Released on Dallas Mavericks Misconduct Claims]]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 20:40:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    A 43 page reports detailing years of sexual misconduct and abuse inside the Dallas Maverick's front office was released Wednesday. Although Mavs owner Mark Cuban wasn’t specifically named in the allegations, he did admit that he made mistakes in judgement in dealing with the issues. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs explains.

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    <![CDATA[Victim: Mark Cuban’s Punishment is 'Not Enough']]>Thu, 20 Sep 2018 22:02:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MAVS+ACCUSER.jpg

    An NBA championship ring, a signed ball and a custom jersey are all bright spots, Melissa Weishaupt says during an otherwise toxic four year career in the Dallas Mavericks front office.

    “I had these horrible migraines and I started seeing a doctor about it because I just didn't know what was happening,” said Weishaupt. 

    She worked in marketing for the Mavs starting in 2010. She claims the former CEO, Terdema Ussery, would ask her sexually explicit questions and make lewd comments about her body, claims Ussery denies.

    There was one time, she says, when she shot back. “I made like a flip, smart-aleck comment and he laughed and he walked off. My boss turned and looked at me and said, 'Don't you ever be a smart-aleck to the CEO.' I said, 'Are you kidding me? The CEO just made a comment about my breasts and I'm supposed to take it?'"

    She says the harassment for her was all verbal but she claims other women in her workplace were subjected to touching. “Like the sniffing of the hair, the rubbing of the shoulders, the rubbing of the leg.”

    Weishaupt says that she went to human resources but that her claims were ignored.

    "It was a brush off," said Weishaupt.

    In 2014 she got another job and quit. But in the last few months, she spoke on the record as part of an internal investigation ordered by owner, Mark Cuban which Wednesday reconfirmed, “numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct.” Cuban agreed to donate $10 million to organizations that support women.

    In an interview with ESPN Wednesday, Cuban said, "it was staring me right in the face and I missed it. I think I wasn't as focused on the business as I should have been."

    Weishaupt says she is skeptical of that. “Did he not see it or did he turn his head to it? Did he not want to see it? I think there's a lot of things to that message.”

    Regardless, Weishaupt says she will not seek legal action against the Mavericks. “A lot of people have said, 'oh, are you suing?’ I am not suing the Mavs, let's everybody take a deep breath, that has never been my intention.” She says she is speaking out in hopes of making things a little better for other women in the workplace.

    A seven-month investigation into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct allegations within the Dallas Mavericks organization was released Wednesday afternoon confirming "numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization" over two decades.

    Key among the findings were allegations of improper workplace conduct toward 15 female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching and forcible kissing, and allegations of improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde.

    Hyde's inappropriate conduct was said to include inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers.

    Additionally, there were two acts of domestic violence allegedly perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee.

    The allegations are part of a 43-page investigative report by Lowenstein Sandler that was released Wednesday afternoon. The NBA's response to the report was released at the same time.

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    <![CDATA[Employment Attorney Breaks Down Mavs Misconduct Allegations]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:58:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    NBC 5 Anchor Meredith Land sits down with E. Ashley Sims, an employment attorney with Condon Tobin Sladek Thornton in Dallas, who talks about the allegations of decades of misconduct inside the Dallas Mavericks front office.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs 'Rebound' From Troubling Front Office Investigation]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:37:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark-Cuban-DMN.jpg

    As the Dallas Mavericks organization tries to push past the front office scandal, CEO Cynt Marshall takes center stage in a new one-minute video message on the team’s website Wednesday morning.

    It’s called Rebound, with the verb described as “a recovery of possession of a missed shot or recover in value, amount, time or strength after a previous decrease or decline.”

    It opens with Marshall saying she’s been on the job for six months and she is “proud to be a Maverick.”

    Her next statements hint at the hostile workplace of the past.

    “It’s a new day here at the Mavs organization. And, we want you to know, we have rebounded from our past misses. We are now on a path to setting the standard for the NBA. In six months, we have created a culture of inclusion, diversity and professional development.”

    Inclusion, diversity and professional development are pivotal elements in Marshall’s 100-day plan she launched in March. The website lays out the four priorities of her plan with checkmarks next to 17 completed tasks:

    Model Zero Tolerance

    - Investigate allegations of misconduct, analyze results, respond swiftly to findings, communicate consequences as appropriate

    Mavs Women’s Playbook

    - Executive commitment, educate and develop, empower and engage, employ long-term, encourage &mentor

    Culture Transformation

    - Values based employment, inclusion and diversity strategy development, mandatory training, employee engagement

    Operational Effectiveness

    - Doing business, compensation, staffing, talent management

    Marshall talked about the changes she’s already made in an earlier interview with NBC5. The Mavs Women’s Playbook was a special focus.

    “I’m excited about this,” she said. “We did not have a culture that was friendly to women. We had some people who knew how to work with women, but in terms of a culture, it wasn't friendly to women. So, one of the things we did immediately was address the leadership team.”

    And that meant promoting and hiring women. “In order for our business to be successful, we need a diverse group of people around the table. So, now we have women and people of color around the table. Our leadership team right now is 44 percent women from zero,” she said.

    From her first day on the job, Marshall vision has been that “by 2019, the Dallas Mavericks organization, that’s all of us, is setting the NBA standard for inclusion and diversity.” That goal is reflected in the new vision unveiled today: As true Mavericks, we set the standard for ultimate fan experiences, unmatched emotional connections and extraordinary workplace culture.”

    Marshall shared her vision in an exclusive interview with NBC 5 back in August. “So at some point, my vision is that we will be named on Fortune's Great Place to Work list. That's my vision,” she said. “.. that they will see us, an NBA team, as one of the best places to work. in the world. “

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    <![CDATA[Mavs on Decades of Misconduct In Front Office]]>Wed, 19 Sep 2018 22:12:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mcAP_18057828367198.jpg

    A seven-month investigation into sexual harassment and workplace misconduct allegations within the Dallas Mavericks organization was released Wednesday afternoon confirming "numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization" over two decades.

    Key among the findings were allegations of improper workplace conduct toward 15 female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching and forcible kissing, and allegations of improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde.

    Hyde's inappropriate conduct was said to include inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers.

    Additionally, there were two acts of domestic violence allegedly perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee.

    The allegations are part of a 43-page investigative report by Lowenstein Sandler that was released Wednesday afternoon. The NBA's response to the report was released at the same time.

    Investigators said Ussery engaged in a pattern of harassment and that included unwanted touching and massaging, inappropriate comments and forcible kissing and that he found a number of ways to touch and "compliment" women on their appearance. The investigation substantiated claims made by 13 people between 2000 and 2015. Many of the claims were determined to be credible because many women told colleagues about the misconduct when it happened and many contained common threads, even among women who didn't know each other. Ussery denies inappropriate contact and sexual comments but did admit that he complimented women and massaged one woman's shoulders. He also admitted to having one sexual conversation with one woman but added that she initiated it.

    “We did a lot of things of wrong. And I wasn’t there to oversee him [Ussery]. And so yeah, everybody has every reason to question me, but I just wasn’t there and that was my fault," said team owner Mark Cuban.

    According to the report there was no evidence Cuban knew of Ussery's behavior or that anyone told him about the behavior, but the same can't be said about Hyde's alleged behavior.

    The report said 14 current and former employees said Hyde looked at pornographic material on his computer, laptop and phone; another 50 employees said they heard about his alleged behavior. Nine employees said Hyde's monitor was moved against a cubical wall so fewer people would see what he was looking at and seven said he'd made unwanted sexual advances.

    Sexually explicit images were found on Hyde's computer when it was searched in 2008 as part of a lawsuit. Lawyers for the team notified Cuban who sent a  "very strongly worded email" to Ussery and Pittman "telling him to stop it or he'd get fired."

    In 2011, a condom was seen falling out of Hyde's pants. The incident was recorded on surveillance video and Cuban was notified. According to the report, Cuban said not to make a bigger issue out of it than it was and to put Hyde on probation and warn him of termination should it happen again.

    Sometime between 2011 and 2013 Cuban said, "this bullshit with Chris Hyde is going to end," when it was believed Hyde was taking kickbacks from a ticket broker.

    In 2014 Hyde allegedly "behaved inappropriately" with a new female employee; Cuban said to fire him.

    On Hyde, Cuban told ESPN in a taped interview that aired Wednesday, "Obviously this was a huge mistake on my part. I mean, I was under the impression that he had the first issue with the pornography was resolved and obviously it wasn’t. And I said if anything out of the question happens again, well, what was three years earlier and I hadn’t had any follow up beyond being told that he was being -- from my perspective there weren’t any issues. It was stupid on my part," Cuban said. “I messed up. I should have just fired him on the spot. It was just a huge mistake. There’s just no way to downplay it and if someone were to show me from another company and asked me to read it I would say you can’t make a bigger mistake because that destroys the whole culture of your organization.”

    As a result of the investigation, Cuban said he's ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees and has pledged to contributed $10 million to organizations committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.

    “The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10 million that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing — the inability of too many organizations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women.”

    The investigation recommended a number of changes be made at the organization, including increasing the number of women on staff and in leadership positions; Enhancing a formal reporting process for victims of misconduct; Implementing regular employee surveys on workplace culture and expanding and improving the human resources department and instituting clear protocols for investigating allegations of workplace misconduct.

    "The report confirms that several of these steps have already been taken, including the hiring of Ms. Marshall and other new senior female leaders, and notes that 'we heard from employees of a sea change in the professional environment at the Mavericks that began almost immediately following' the publication of the Sports Illustrated article," the league said in a statement.

    The league is also requiring the Mavericks provide them with quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report and their implementation; Immediately report to the league office any instances or allegations of significant misconduct by any employee; Continually enhance and update annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for all staff, including ownership; and implement a program to train all staff, including ownership, on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.

    During a taped interview with ESPN, Cuban got emotional discussing how he felt reading the reports and details of what the women who worked for the team went through.

    “Just the pain that they went through at my company. It was the same way I felt when I stood in front of Mavs employees for the first time after this came out. I apologized to them. It just never in my wildest dreams that I think that this was happening and it was right underneath me. The pain that people went through, the pain that people shared with me as this happened, the tears that I saw. It just hurt and the way I felt was nothing compared to the way they felt. I mean, I, you know, I guess just my nature, I mean recognizing I made a mistake, learn from it, and then try to fix it.”

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    <![CDATA[Once an Underdog, Nash Enters Hall of Fame as Innovator]]>Fri, 07 Sep 2018 07:35:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/steve-nash1.jpg

    There were few times in Steve Nash's basketball career when he wasn't an underdog.

    Before there were players like Stephen Curry and James Harden captivating NBA audiences with a free-wheeling, open-court style, Nash, a 6-foot-3 Canadian, was laying the groundwork for what would become the league's "point guard era."

    From starring at St. Michaels High School in Victoria, British Columbia, to playing college ball at tiny Santa Clara, Nash was never supposed to an innovator in a game long dominated by much taller players.

    But after spending nearly two decades in the NBA, becoming a two-time MVP, eight-time All-Star and one of its most creative passers along the way, it's undeniable that Nash helped to remake both his position and the way it's played by an entire generation today.

    And when he's inducted in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, even the player described as "painfully humble" by former teammate Grant Hill won't be able to deny his impact on the game.

    "I recognize that it's not a common list on someone's resume," Nash said.

    Nash will be inducted by Don Nelson, the coach he blossomed under while playing in Dallas for six seasons, from 1998 to 2004. But he is equally thankful for the time he spent in the fast-paced offense of Mike D'Antoni in Phoenix, who coached the Suns when Nash won the first of his back-to-back league MVP honors in 2004-05 and 2005-06.

    "I'm very grateful," Nash said. "I played on some great teams with a great coach, and we had a great bond and we meshed very well and played at a very high level. Those were some of the best times of my life."

    Nash will share the stage with Hill, a teammate in Phoenix, as well as former Suns executive Rick Welts, now the president and chief operating officer of the Golden State Warriors.

    Welts not only sees a lot of Nash in Curry, he also remembers how quickly Nash's game went to a different level in Phoenix.

    "You have to remember the Phoenix Suns won 29 games (in 2003-04) and traded their best player, Stephon Marbury, to the Knicks right before the July 1 signing of Steve Nash to a Suns' contract," Welts said. "And that 29-win team won 62 games the next year -- still the biggest swing in the history of the NBA. So he and Mike D'Antoni reinvented the game of basketball."

    Welts said the impact of that tandem is undeniable.

    "The style of game they played brought so many people to the game, that had either left the game or were no longer interested or discovered the game because of the way those Suns teams played," Welts said.

    While Nash could be a prolific scorer, his legacy is his ability to distribute the ball to his teammates. Nash racked up 10,335 career assists, third on the NBA's all-time list.

    Hill said to play for Nash was to play for a teammate who was your biggest advocate on the court.

    "It was never about him," Hill said. "I think with him, I think if he could have it his way he'd never shoot. It was always about his teammates and making them look good. Sometimes as teammates we had to encourage him and say, `Look man, for us to win you gotta shoot.'

    "For a guy who was as big of a player, the face of the franchise during those years -- you would never know."

    Nash said one thing he does have now is a deeper appreciation for his humble beginnings.

    "I was an underdog," Nash said. "I scrapped and clawed my way into college and did the same again in the NBA. And I just never stopped and I kept working my way up. Eventually, I had the type of career that allowed me to be here. But when I came into the league I don't think there was anyone -- myself included -- that would have thought this was the effect of my playing skills and ability."

    Nash said he's using this time to remember his journey.

    "It takes a weekend like this to really look back at the beginning, the middle the end and see what some of those markers were and how disproportionate they are to this moment," Nash said. "To a fault, I shy away from not just the attention, but also the reflection. ... But there are just so many people to share in the celebration and the thanks."

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Manu Ginobili, a 4-Time Champion With Spurs, Retires at 41]]>Mon, 27 Aug 2018 16:13:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ginobilidurantap.jpg

    Manu Ginobili has played his final game, and with that a new era awaits the San Antonio Spurs.

    Ginobili announced his decision to retire Monday, the 41-year-old wrapping up what he called a "fabulous journey" in which he helped the Spurs win four NBA championships in 16 seasons with the club.

    The smooth left-handed guard from Argentina came to San Antonio in 2002, forming what quickly became a powerful "Big 3" alongside Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. Now, they've all moved on: Duncan retired two years ago, Parker left San Antonio earlier this summer as a free agent to sign with the Charlotte Hornets, and Ginobili has worn Spurs colors for the last time as well.

    "Today, with a wide range of feelings, I'm announcing my retirement from basketball," Ginobili wrote on Twitter in making the announcement. "IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It's been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams."

    The image Ginobili chose to accompany that tweet: A photo of him walking off the floor, away from the camera, with four fingers aloft -- signifying his four titles.

    "An NBA champion and All-Star, Manu Ginobili is also a pioneer who helped globalize the NBA," NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. "He is one of basketball's greatest ambassadors who believes in the power of sports to change lives. And for 16 years, we were fortunate to watch a legend compete at the highest level. Thank you, Manu, for a career that inspired millions of people around the world."

    Ginobili's pro career lasted 23 seasons in all, starting with stints in Italy and Argentina. His drawing power was massive even in his final season, and it was common for him to spend plenty of time before road games posing for photos and signing autographs -- often international fans proudly displaying an Argentine flag.

    "A role model for all of us that love this wonderful sport," Spurs forward Pau Gasol said.

    Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard were the backbone of San Antonio's drive to its most recent NBA championship in 2014, and this will be the first time that Gregg Popovich begins a season as the Spurs' head coach with none of those players on the roster. Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan earlier this summer, the end of a relationship in San Antonio that had apparently gone too sour to save.

    Leonard's departure meant Ginobili would have been the last significant player tied to the Spurs' title years. But in the end, retirement was his call.

    "Great player. Fierce competitor. Winner," Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki said on Twitter. "Next stop: HOF."

    Indeed, getting enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame would seem like a certainty for Ginobili. The No. 57 pick in the 1999 draft, Ginobili averaged 13.3 points and 3.8 assists in 1,057 regular-season games. He was a two-time All-Star and was the league's Sixth Man of the Year for the 2007-08 season (getting 123 of 124 votes), plus he teamed with Popovich for 135 playoff wins -- the third-highest total for any player-coach combo in NBA history.

    The only two with more? Popovich and Duncan won 157, and Popovich and Parker won 137.

    "Thanks for all you did for the game gramps," Spurs forward Rudy Gay tweeted, poking fun at Ginobili's age. Gay's sentiment was shared by many in the NBA, and the Spurs quickly put up a page of on- and off-the-court highlights that bore the simplest of messages: "Gracias, Manu."

    Ginobili, even though he was often coming off the bench, has a resume of postseason production like almost no one else. Only two players have more than 800 rebounds, 800 assists and 300 3-pointers in their playoff careers -- Ginobili and LeBron James.

    "Thank you for what you have done for your fellow lefties and a bringing an unmatched level of creativity to the game," Atlanta's Kent Bazemore wrote to Ginobili in a tweet. "Much respect."

    Ginobili's final game was April 24, when the Spurs were ousted from the Western Conference playoffs by the eventual champion Golden State Warriors. San Antonio lost the series 4-1.

    Warriors coach Steve Kerr was once a teammate of Ginobili's in San Antonio. And as Golden State celebrated moving on to the second round, Kerr offered Ginobili a sales pitch.

    "Keep going, OK? Why not?" Kerr told Ginobili that day at Oracle Arena as they shared an embrace. "Hey, we met Roger Federer this year in China. I said 'Why do you keep playing?' He said 'I love it.' If you love it, keep going."

    Moments later, Ginobili left an NBA court as a player for the last time.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs CEO Celebrates Change in Workplace Culture]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 21:49:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cyn-marshall-interview-aac.jpg

    It's now been almost six months on the job for new Dallas Mavericks Chief Executive Officer Cynt Marshall.

    Owner Mark Cuban hired the former AT&T executive back in February after Sports Illustrated detailed allegations of sexual misconduct in the front office.

    Marshall quickly launched a 100-day plan to change what the magazine reported was a hostile work environment for women.

    Her plan focused on what Marshall saw as four immediate priorities: zero tolerance, a Mavs Women’s playbook, cultural transformation and operational effectiveness

    Earlier this month, she and her team of 140 in the business office celebrated the completion of that plan. And, in an exclusive interview with NBC 5, Marshall talked the changes in the front office.

    “I see something very different now when I walk in than when I walked into that office in late February. So, I’m just really fired up about that,” Marshall told NBC 5. “I believe we have truly established a work environment where people know what's acceptable, what's not, and where inappropriate behavior, retaliation, any kind of misconduct won't be tolerated."

    To enforce zero tolerance, Marshall hired a new chief ethics and compliance officer, established a hotline to encourage employees to speak up when they see something wrong and a new code of conduct that clearly explains the new culture.

    “I will tell you, if it's sexual harassment and it’s proven, termination. Pure and simple. We won’t allow that in our workplace. We just won't,” said the CEO.

    Marshall also required mandatory Respect in the Workplace training for all employees from the office to the court. Players will get their training in September.

    The Mavs Women’s Playbook was designed to erase a culture unfriendly to women and immediately addressed leadership 

    “The permanent leadership team did not have any women on it,” said Marshall. “In order for our business to be successful, we need a diverse group of people around the table. So, now we have women and people of color around the table. Our leadership team right now is 44 percent women from zero.”

    That 44 percent breaks down to eight women; two new executives – Cyndee Wales in the role of compliance officer and Tarsha Lacour as senior vice president of human resources – and six women from within the organization promoted to leadership positions.

    There are also four new employee resource groups with WOMEN, Women of the Mavs Empowering Network, not surprisingly being the most active. Marshall said one particular session focused on purpose.

    “As women in this organization, what are we all about as women as a unit but also as individuals. What are we about every day? What do we bring in here every day? What value do we add? And, I’m trying to get them to see they do add value,” said Marshall. “The beauty of this is the men are all over this. They come to ERG meetings. These men have mothers, wives, daughters and they want this inclusive environment.”

    The Mavs Women’s Playbook includes increased philanthropy and partnerships with women-owned organizations. Marshall also wants to double the spending with women-owned businesses.

    Culture transformation brought a new set of core values called CRAFTS – Character, Respect, Authenticity, Fairness, Teamwork and Safety, both physical and emotional.

    “They’re just not on the walls, they're in the halls. People are living out these values. They are talking about them. We are making decisions based on them,” said Marshall.

    And to keep her staff and leadership team focused on the new values, Marshall will use regular surveys to check the pulse of the workplace.

    She also set up an inclusion council made of employees to keeps tabs on the office culture, employee engagement and the effectiveness of ERGS and whether more or less are needed.

    An external advisory council of business leaders, season ticket holders and corporate partners provides input to management and acts as a sounding board on the connections between the Mavericks and the local community.

    The council was established prior to a breakfast for the Dallas Police Department that resulted in controversy.  

    Operational effectiveness meant staffing changes such as a new general counsel, a vice president of diversity and inclusion along with the chief compliance officer.

    “Those are all brand new leadership positions in thinking that are absolutely necessary to for us to be effective as an organization in 2018,” Marshall explained.

    There is also a new employee handbook and a new performance review process.

    Marshall believes all the changes made to transform the front office will make the Dallas Mavericks the standard for diversity and inclusion in the NBA by 2019.

    “We’re very competitive, so we want to be number one around workplace culture. We want to be number one around workforce demographics and everything that has to do with culture transformation,” she said. “And I think by December, and there’s no real hard measurement out there, but I think we'll be seen at the top.”

    Yet there’s one item still left on the check list. It’s the actions Marshall will take once independent investigators hired by Cuban to look into the prior toxic environment finish their report and recommendations are made.

    “Let’s do what we need to do. We trust these investigators. They are very good. They will make recommendations. We will take action on those recommendations,” she said. “That’s one of the only outstanding Items of our 100-day plan, where it says we will take swift action. There will be a leadership call to action, and that call to action is based on what's In that report and what do we need to do swiftly to close this.”

    Marshall was recently in New York to meet with the investigators and get a glimpse of the preliminary findings after 200 interviews and their review of more than a million documents. 

    “I’m still disgusted,” she told NBC 5. “I’m very disappointed at the very environment that these folks (the front office) had to work in.”

    Marshall said once the report is final, she and Cuban will be transparent about the findings.

    “As I said before, Mark was very serious about we're going to change the culture. We're not going to hide and say things didn't happen. And, yes, some of it was many years ago, but we're gonna close it out. We've investigated it. It’s real,” she said.

    As damning as that report may be, Marshall believes getting it out there may bring the closure so many need.

    “These people are so dedicated every day to what they do. And so I want it over for them. We need to be able to just move forward. And, already moved forward,” she said.

    “Most of the people who work in that building had nothing to do with what's in that investigation. Nothing. So this people have been painted with this broad brush that something is very wrong at the Dallas Mavericks. I’m here to tell you there's something very, very right at the Dallas Mavericks, very right at the Dallas Mavericks.”

    And to drive home that point, Marshall shared with NBC 5 her new mission statement for her team: “As true Mavericks, we set the global standard for ultimate fan experiences, unmatched emotional connections and extraordinary workplace culture.”

    “Extraordinary workplace culture. So at some point, my vision is that we will be named on Fortune's Great Place to Work list. That’s my vision. That we will get certified by the great place to work organization in San Francisco and that they will see us, an NBA team, as one of the best places to work. In the world,” she said.

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    <![CDATA[Mark Cuban Cashed Out, Owns Just a Handful of Stocks]]>Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:11:45 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/markcubanGettyImages-610936138.jpg

    Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban told CNBC on Monday that he's holding much more cash than he normally does because he's concerned about the stock market and U.S debt levels.

    "I'm down to maybe four dividend-owning stocks, two shorts, and Amazon and Netflix. I've got a whole lot of cash on the sidelines," Cuban said on "Fast Money Halftime Report." "[I'm] ready, willing and able if something happens" to invest. 

    Cuban said Amazon and Netflix are his biggest holdings. But he refused to reveal his short positions, the stocks that he's betting against. "I'll keep that to myself."

    "Put aside tariffs, put aside what the president is doing, he's got his reasons," said Cuban, an outspoken critic of Donald Trump as a candidate and as president. "There just no way where you can say, 'I just trust everything that's going on.' And that concerns me." 

    "We borrowed from the future to kind of pump up the current market," said Cuban, owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. Running up the national debt is just as bad as the Federal Reserve continuing historically low interest rates much longer than needed after the 2008 financial crisis, he contended. 

    "If I get a feeling that [economic] growth will continue at 4-plus percent and the debt will then come down, then I'll get back into the market," said Cuban. 

    The "Shark Tank" investor provided no update in Monday's CNBC interview on whether he might run for the White House in 2020. Asked in June whether he's given more thought to running, Cuban told The New York Times via email then, "Yes. But not willing to discuss at this point."

    Disclosure: CNBC owns the exclusive off-network cable rights to "Shark Tank," which features Mark Cuban as a panelist.

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Announce 2018-19 Season Schedule]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:46:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks announced their 2018-2019 season schedule, which will kickoff on Oct. 17 at 9:30 p.m. CST. Highlights include:

    • Mavs open up the season on road on ESPN against No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns
    • Home opener will be Oct. 20 against Karl-Anthony Towns and the Minnesota Timberwolves
    • Mavs appear on ESPN again on the road Oct. 24 against the Atlanta Hawks
    • DeAndre Jordan's return to Los Angeles will be on TNT, when the Mavericks face the Clippers on Dec. 20
    • Other nationally televised games will include a Dec. 13 trip to Phoenix and a March 14 trip to Denver, both on TNT.

    The remainder of the Mavericks 2018-2019 television schedule will be released at a later date.

    Four of the team's last six games will be at the American Airlines Center, with some anticipating those could be Dirk's last NBA games.

    The back-to-back champion Golden State Warriors will visit Dallas on Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Jan. 13. Lebron James' new-look Los Angeles Lakers will make their lone trip to Dallas on Jan. 7.

    Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 214-747-MAVS.

    <![CDATA[Mavs Sign Dallas-Native Jalen Jones After Strong Summer]]>Fri, 10 Aug 2018 11:56:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have signed forward Jalen Jones, who attended Dallas Kimball High School - terms of the deal were not disclosed, in accordance with team policy.

    Jones most recently appeared on the Mavericks summer league team, where he averaged 13 points and nearly 7 rebounds, playing 20 minutes per game.

    He also played in 12 regular season games for the Mavs last season, averaging 5.8 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game.

    Jones went undrafted in 2016. He played at Texas A&M University, earning All-SEC second team honors as a junior and All-SEC first team honors as a senior, when he averaged 15.3 points and 7.2 rbounds in 33 games.

    He was named to the NBA G-League third team and was a G-League All-Star in 2017 for the Maine Red Claws, averaging 21 points, 9 rebounds, 2.2 assists and a steal in 36 minutes per game.

    Jones originally enrolled at SMU before transferring to Texas A&M.

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    <![CDATA[Dirk Talks New Teammates Jordan, Doncic]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 21:19:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk+Nowitzki+080818.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks made an offseason splash, signing big-time free agent center DeAndre Jordan and picking up European star Luka Doncic in a draft-day trade. Mavs' legend Dirk Nowitzki shares his thoughts on what the newcomers will bring to the team.

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    <![CDATA[Devin Harris Back With Mavs for His Third Stint in Dallas]]>Wed, 08 Aug 2018 13:03:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/devin-harris-2014.jpg

    Devin Harris is returning to the Dallas Mavericks for the third time after signing a $2.4 million free agent contract.

    The Mavericks announced the deal with the 14-year veteran on Wednesday. His contract is for the veteran minimum.

    Dallas originally acquired Harris from Washington, along with Jerry Stackhouse and Christian Laettner, in a draft-day trade for Antawn Jamison in June 2004. He played for the Mavericks until getting traded to New Jersey in February 2008, in a deal that brought Jason Kidd to the Mavericks.

    Harris first returned to Dallas as a free agent before the 2013-14 season, and stayed until the Mavericks traded him to Denver last February as part of a three-team deal at the trade deadline.

    The 35-year-old Harris has averaged 11.1 points, 4.1 assists and 1.1 steals in his 917 career games, including 446 starts. 

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Re-sign Salah Mejri to Help Back Up DeAndre Jordan]]>Fri, 03 Aug 2018 21:43:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-909003036.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have re-signed backup center Salah Mejri, who will join former European teammate and rookie third overall pick Luca Doncic.

    Mejri has spent the past three seasons in Dallas. The 32-year-old Tunisian has career averages of 3.3 points and 4.0 rebounds in 168 games. He led the Mavericks in field goal percentage and blocks the past two seasons.

    The 7-foot-1 Mejri will be one of the backups to DeAndre Jordan, who signed with Dallas after opting out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

    The Mavericks added Mejri originally not long after Jordan backed out on a pledge to sign with Dallas in free agency three years ago and stayed with the Clippers.

    Mejri and the 19-year-old Doncic played together briefly with for Spain's Real Madrid. Mejri was a member of the Tunisian national team at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Get Center Chinanu Onuaku in Trade With Rockets]]>Thu, 02 Aug 2018 16:06:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_CEO_1_on_1_2018_03_03_22_02_23.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have acquired center Chinanu Onuaku from the Houston Rockets for the rights to forward Maarty Leunen.

    The Mavericks also get cash in the trade announced Thursday along with the right to send Houston the 2020 second-round pick they obtained from Golden State in 2016.

    The 6-foot-10 Onuaku was a second-round pick by the Rockets two years ago and averaged 3.0 points and 2.3 rebounds in six career games. The Maryland native played two years at Louisville before turning pro.

    Leunen goes back to the Rockets 10 years after they drafted him in the second round out of Oregon. The native of Washington state has been playing professionally in Turkey, Italy and Germany. Dallas got Leunen from the Clippers last month as part of a deal that sent forward Johnathan Motley to Los Angeles.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Dirk, Dennis Smith and Luka Doncic Shine in #NBADunkWeek]]>Wed, 01 Aug 2018 13:58:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    The NBA is deep into the offseason, but that does not mean there are not things to celebrate.

    Between first round pick and Euro-phenom Luka Doncic, last year's lottery selection Dennis Smith Jr., and future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki, there is plenty to look forward to next season.

    In fact, a few Dallas Mavericks made it into the league's Top 100 dunks and handles highlights - and the one's that did not are just as impressive!

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    <![CDATA[Dirk Gives KD Advice on Dealing with Trash-Talking Fans]]>Sun, 29 Jul 2018 08:47:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/512136100-e1460753726126.jpg

    The saga between Kevin Durant and CJ McCollum reached a crescendo this last week. Forget about their on-court battles, instead the attention was on a discussion the two NBA stars had during McCollum’s podcast during which the Portland Trail Blazers guard talked about Durant joining the Warriors.

    Durant threw shade at McCollum, mentioning that he would be a sixth man on a championship team. The conversation continued on Twitter after media outlets picked up the podcast discussion, and Durant called the Blazers star a snake.

    People gave their takes on the discussion over the course of the week, and media even decided to ask Durant about it directly. The Warriors forward came off a tad defensive — and to be completely honest, wholly unbelievable — and perhaps we thought that was going to be the end of that.

    But it’s the summer, and it’s the time of the year to ask NBA players about the goings-on around them. As such, radio host Dan Patrick asked Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki what he thought about Durant and his penchant for scrapping online.

    Here is what Dirk had to say, via NBC Sports Bay Area:

    “I don’t follow him on Twitter, but obviously it’s tough not to see what’s going on,” Dirk said on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday morning. “I just think overall and in general, I don’t know why you would get engaged with fans talking trash.

    “I like having fun with it. I get hit up on Twitter every now and then in my mentions. ‘Hey, you’re old, go away. Retire.’ Or something like that. To me, it’s fun. You’re not supposed to be sensitive about it. That’s how I look at it.

    “I’m not sure why KD feels the need to respond to some of the stuff, because, I mean, Twitter is just such a place for tough guys and a lot of hate. I take it with a smile on my face. You can’t take yourself too serious on there.”

    There is no way for Durant to log off at this point. He is too deep, and apparently so concerned with haters online that he once had a burner account. Smart business management would take social media away from him completely, and pay someone $80,000 to follow him around at all times to be his social media person.

    It doesn’t seem like Durant is going to do that, and so we’ll probably still get the kind of content we expect from him moving forward. Nowitzki seems to like it, and so do we. Keep on subtweeting, Kev.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Dancers Will Show Less Skin, Clean-Up Routines]]>Wed, 25 Jul 2018 21:33:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs-Dancers-DMN-photo-072518.jpg

    No more skimpy uniforms and provocative routines. The Dallas Mavericks announced big changes to their dance squad Wednesday.

    This comes as the Mavs are trying to revamp their image, following a sexual harassment and misconduct scandal in the front office. NBC 5 spoke to young dancers and a former Mavs dancer about the new look.

    Inside Lifesong Studio in Grapevine, young girls are learning the steps to becoming dancers, and young women.

    "Little girls look up to big girls and everything that the big girls do they're trying to emulate and be just like them," said owner Carolyn Franks.

    So, Franks is glad to see some of their biggest role models making big changes.

    "I remember watching when I was little because I wanted to be a dancer and I would kind of get uncomfortable because I was like, "Oh, am I going to have to wear all that?" said 13-year-old Lifesong student Kaley Hudak.

    When the NBA season opens this fall, Mavs dancers won't be wearing the skimpy two piece uniforms of the past and fans won't see some of their more provocative moves either.

    It's part of the 100-day plan new CEO Cynthia Marshall put in place when she took over the organization post-sexual harassment scandal in the corporate offices. She sat down with NBC 5’s Deborah Ferguson in April.

    "We are going to transform," Marshall said at the time. "We are going to have a different culture than the one that was talked about in Sports Illustrated, and I already see that."

    Marshall told NBC 5's media partner at The Dallas Morning News that while the dancers themselves are doing nothing wrong, "we want the focus to be on the dancers as artists and to highlight their skills, not be eye candy or sexualized."

    Hunter Blackwell spent the 2014-2016 seasons as a Dallas Mavericks dancer.

    "I see a correlation," Blackwell said. "I see where they're coming from. But from my standpoint, I feel like we're entertainers. We're here to dance and dance is dance at the end of the day."

    Hunter said dancers work hard to look and move the way they do and she thinks it's up to parents to explain what's age-appropriate.

    "It was never something that I was uncomfortable with doing," Blackwell said. "And I love children, I love the thought of a little girl looking up to me the way I looked up to them and I never felt like I was letting anybody down."

    This is just one piece of CEO Cynthia Marshall's overall plan, focused on a zero tolerance policy for sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, mentoring programs for women employees, and hiring more women into leadership positions.

    Marshall also met with the head of the Mavs Maniaacs, the team's male dance squad. She told The Dallas Morning News they also discussed that squad's look.

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    <![CDATA[In Offseason, Nowitzki Re-Signs, Sets Another NBA Record]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:25:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-Then-and-Now-1999-2018.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki set another NBA record Monday after the Mavericks announced he's re-signed with the team for his 21st season in Dallas.

    The signing, Nowitzki's 13th re-signing, makes him the only player in NBA history to suit up for a single franchise for 21 seasons.

    He was previously tied for 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.

    The Mavericks have not confirmed the details of the deal, but The Dallas Morning News reports it's a 1 year deal worth about $5 million.

    "It's the same amount of money he would have been guaranteed had the Mavericks picked up the second year of the contract Nowitzki signed in 2017. However, for salary cap purposes, they needed to renounce that deal to free up money in free agency. It turned out they didn't need that cash to acquire DeAndre Jordan, so they re-signed Nowitzki to essentially the same deal," the paper said.

    The Dallas Mavericks are celebrating another season of their superstar with the Golden Dirk Bobblehunt - a 10-week interactive scavenger hunt.

    The Dallas Mavericks, in their news release confirming Nowitzki's re-signing, included a list of highlights from Dirk's illustrious 20-year NBA career. That list is below.

    He has guided the Mavericks toward many of the team’s greatest achievements. Nowitzki led Dallas to its first-ever 60-win season in 2002-03, first NBA Finals appearance in 2006, a franchise-high 67 wins in 2006-07 and to the organization’s first World Championship when the Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.

    Nowitzki (7-0, 245), the most decorated Maverick in franchise history, is a 13-time NBA All-Star, earned All-NBA Team honors 12 consecutive years (2000-12), was named Most Valuable Player of the 2006-07 season and was MVP of the 2011 NBA Finals. He is a six-time Western Conference Player of the Month, a 16-time Western Conference Player of the Week, has competed in the All-Star Saturday Night Three-Point Contest four times, was the 2014 Magic Johnson Award recipient and was named the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year in 2017.

    The career Maverick holds averages of 21.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 34.4 minutes in 1,471 games (1,440 starts) and holds the franchise’s top-spot in several categories including points, rebounds, field goals, three-point field goals, free throws, blocks, games, starts and minutes.

    In the NBA Playoffs, Nowitzki’s game elevates to average 25.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 40.6 minutes in 145 postseason games (145 starts). He has led the Mavericks to three Western Conference Finals and two NBA Finals while moving into first place in several of the franchise’s postseason categories including points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, field goals, free throws and games.

    On March 17, 2017, Nowitzki became just the sixth player in NBA history and first international player to register 30,000 career points. He currently sits at 31,187 career points, just 232 points behind the great Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) for fifth place on the all-time scoring list. Among other all-time NBA lists, he ranks 27th in rebounds, eighth in field goals, 11th in three-point field goals, sixth in free throws, fifth in games and third in minutes.

    Nowitzki has also served as a pioneer for European players becoming the first European-born player to earn First Team All-NBA (04-05), start an All-Star Game (2007, Las Vegas) and be named the MVP (06-07).

    The Wurzburg, Germany, native was the ninth overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and was acquired through a draft day trade with the Milwaukee Bucks. Nowitzki re-signed with the Mavericks on Oct. 22, 2001. He then signed a contract extension with Dallas on Sept. 26, 2006, re-signed on July 9, 2010, re-signed again on July 15, 2014, re-signed again on July 27, 2016 and re-signed once more on July 6, 2017.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Kickoff Interactive Scavenger Hunt]]>Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:28:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GoldenDirkBobblehunt.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are celebrating another season with superstar Dirk Nowitzki with the Golden Dirk Bobblehunt - a 10-week interactive scavenger hunt.

    The team announced Monday their longtime power forward signed a deal for a record-setting 21st season with the club -- and they want to celebrate accordingly.

    The weekly challenges will lead right up to the kickoff the regular season, with fans earning the opportunity to win a special-edition Golden Dirk Bobblehead.

    And all 10 winners will also gain access to "once-in-a-lifetime Golden Mavs Experiences," according to the team.

    The organization's social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Mavs.com, Mavs mobile app and Mavs email) will hold the clues for how to unlock each golden challenge.

    Each challenge will be posted on Monday morning of each week, starting July 23 and running through September 24. 

    The prizes for each week are themed as follows:

    • Week 1 (July 23) - 1998-99 Rookie
    • Week 2 (July 30) - 2006 Playoffs
    • Week 3 (August 6) – 2007 NBA MVP
    • Week 4 (August 13) – 50-40-90 Season
    • Week 5 (August 20) – 2008 Olympics
    • Week 6 (August 27) 2011 Championship
    • Week 7 (September 3) 2011 Finals MVP
    • Week 8 (September 10) All-Star
    • Week 9 (September 17) 30K Points
    • Week 10 (September 24) Twentieth Season
    In order to partcipate, fans must register online

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    <![CDATA[Nickey Van Exel Opens Up About Murder Conviction]]>Sat, 21 Jul 2018 14:35:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/Nicky+Van+Exel.jpg

    For the first time since being sentenced to prison for 60 years, Nickey Van Exel, the son of former Dallas Mavericks forward Nick Van Exel, is talking about the night he shot and killed his best friend.

    Van Exel said he was playing with a gun when he accidentally fatally shot his friend Bradley Eyo in 2010. Prosecutors didn't agree with his account, charged him with murder and he was convicted three years later. In an exclusive sit-down interview with NBC 5's Pat Doney, Van Exel said the night he killed his friend still haunts him today.

    Van Exel said he was unaware the gun was loaded, said the shooting was an accident and was surprised to hear that motive used to convict him in the case.

    “It’s nothing like they tried to make it seem. They took it all out of perspective, all out of context,” Van Exel said. “I had played with it before and it was never loaded before … I didn’t know and once I found out, it was too late.”

    Van Exel’s argument was disputed by the prosecution, specifically because his actions following the event were seen as deliberate: he wrapped up Eyo’s body in plastic and dumped it near Lake Ray Hubbard.

    Scott Goldstein covered the case extensively for The Dallas Morning News in 2013. He said Van Exel’s decisions following the incident were confusing at the least.

    "If you accidentally kill your great friend, why would you wrap the body up, drive it, dump, clean up and not tell anyone?" Goldstein said. "It just didn’t make sense."

    Van Exel said he hid the body because he was scared: "It was out of being scared, fear, not knowing what was about to happen. Panic."

    The prosecution disagreed, asking at trial, "Is it panic? Or is it pure evil?"

    The prosecution also argued Van Exel did not show the remorse of someone who made a mistake. He attended a gathering with Eyo’s family, kissing Eyo’s mother on the cheek and saying he would find her son’s killer.

    Van Exel said he was doing what he thought was right amid irrational circumstances.

    "Me doing that, I do love her like a mother … I felt like it was the only way I could be there and grieve with the family," Van Exel said. "I was going to turn myself in. Everybody would know the truth."

    He said he recognizes why that looks so questionable from the outside: "Of course I do."

    Van Exel also explained why he showed little emotion at the trial and when the verdict was read.

    "It's a trait that my mother and father have - not showing much emotion," he said. "Whatever is going through our minds, on the outside you couldn't tell - good or bad."

    At 27, Van Exel will not be eligible for parole until he’s 52 years old. While the minimum is another 25 years in prison, he could spend up to 55 more years behind bars.

    Van Exel said he's not upset about what could have been.

    "I don't place blame because I take full responsibility for my foolish acts, being too careless," he said. "If I had been more focused as that age, I would be where I want to be right now."

    While he acknowledges his guilt, he said his sentence was unfair.

    "I'm guilty of manslaughter at the most," Van Exel said. "I was willing to take that; they never offered it. It's the system."

    “Two families have basically lost their son, brother, one forever and the other for 30 years,” Goldstein said. “You just wonder how that could have happened. Why would he even think to do that to his friend?”

    Bradley Eyo’s mother declined to speak on camera. She said she forgives Nickey, but her life remains forever changed and his remorse cannot change that.

    Van Exel said is waiting for Eyo's family to welcome his apology.

    "Me reaching out, I don't feel like it would do anything," Van Exel said. "All I can do is wait, pray and hope they can find forgiveness in their hearts."

    He offered multiple apologies to Eyo's family throughout the interview.

    "I'm really sorry. There's no words to express it. In this situation, words only go so far," Van Exel said. "I think about showing them, getting out and showing by my actions, not by my words."

    He had one important message he wanted to share with everyone: "Don't play with guns. I'd like to start a movement, a nonprofit organization, for people who have lost loved ones."

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Sign Second-Round Pick Ray Spalding From Louisville]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:28:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-993225408.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks announced Friday they have signed second-round pick Ray Spalding. Terms of the deal were not disclosed as part of team policy.

    Spalding was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 56th overall pick, but his draft rights were acquired by Dallas in exchange for Shake Milton. The 76ers also sent the draft rights to 60th pick Kostas Antetokounpo in the deal.

    Spalding spent three years at the University of Louisville; he averaged 12.3 points (second on team), 8.7 rebounds (led team) and 1.5 steals (led team) 36 games for the Cardinals last season.

    He ranked top 10 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in field goal percentage, rebounding, steals and blocks last season, posting 11 double-doubles.

    The 6-10 forward/center played in all of Dallas' MGM Resorts NBA Summer League games, averaging 8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1 steal in 17 minutes.

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    <![CDATA[Report: Yogi Ferrell Backs Out of Plans to Re-Sign With Mavs]]>Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:33:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    Just when it looked that the Mavericks had Yogi Ferrell coming back, it appears he's had a change of heart.

    According to a Friday morning report by Yahoo's Shams Charania, Ferrell has backed out of plans to re-sign with the Mavs, instead opting to re-enter free agency.

    CLICK HERE for more info from our media partners The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Add Jenny Boucek, Stephen Silas to Coaching Staff]]>Wed, 18 Jul 2018 19:16:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-682740208.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have added Jenny Boucek and Stephen Silas as assistant coaches.

    The club made the announcements Wednesday.

    Boucek will be an assistant to the team's basketball staff and will be involved with special projects. Boucek spent last season as a player development coach with the Sacramento Kings, making her the third woman to coach in the NBA. She was an assistant with the WNBA's Seattle Storm when they won championships in 2004 and 2010 and was their head coach from 2015-17. She was the head coach of the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs from 2007-09.

    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who had her help with Dallas' training camp in 2014, said she "will be involved in wide-ranging basketball assignments."

    The hire comes months after a Sports Illustrated report that indicated Dallas had a hostile workplace for women in the organization, and after the Mavericks hired former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall as CEO.

    Silas spent the previous nine seasons as an assistant with the Charlotte Hornets and was associate head coach last season. In 2015-16, he helped lead the Hornets to a division-best 48-34 record and the franchise's second playoff appearance in three years. He is heading into his 18th season as an NBA assistant coach.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Sign Jalen Brunson to First-Rounder Style Contract]]>Tue, 17 Jul 2018 05:22:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa_jalen_brunson2.jpg

    Dallas is excited about the potential of Jalen Brunson.

    The point guard who led Villanova to a national championship last April fell to the 33rd pick in the draft last June, high in the second round, and Dallas traded up a spot to get him from Atlanta. The Mavericks were ecstatic, and to the surprise of nobody they have reached terms on a contract with him.

    What is a bit of a surprise is the Mavericks gave him a first-rounder style contract — four years with some guaranteed money for the first three of them — reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.

    At Summer League in Las Vegas Brunson showed the qualities that Dallas liked in him — he’s a high IQ player with polish, and he’s a pass-first floor general — but his weaknesses were also exposed. He has to shoot better (23 percent in Summer League) and his defense needs to improve.

    Both of those can happen, Summer League is more of a chance for teams to benchmark players than make decisions about them. Brunson reportedly has a great work ethic, he can figure the NBA game out.

    Dallas is betting that he will.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks' Radio Voice Chuck Cooperstein Stops by NBC 5]]>Sun, 15 Jul 2018 21:22:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney+Coop+raw+071518.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks radio play-by-play broadcaster Chuck Cooperstein visited NBC 5 to talk about the team's busy offseason acquiring Luka Doncic and DeAndre Jordan.

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    <![CDATA[Norton Cuban, Father of Mark Cuban, Dies at 92]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:46:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/norton-mark-cuban-david-woo-tdmn.jpg

    Norton Cuban, the father of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, has died, the team confirms.

    Nortan Cuban, who moved from Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania to Dallas in 2000 after Mark bought the NBA team, was 92.

    Norton Cuban's cause of death has not been released, but Mark Cuban told The Dallas Morning News last fall that his father was in failing health.

    Brian Cuban, Mark's brother, also confirmed his father's death in a post on Twitter.

    Read more on this report from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs to Implement Council Focused on Diversity & Inclusion]]>Thu, 12 Jul 2018 09:26:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_CEO_1_on_1_2018_03_03_22_02_23.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are implementing an advisory council (D-MAC), "a collective of leaders in the business community, season ticket holders and corporate partners," which will learn about Dallas Mavericks initiatives and provide input to team management.

    The effort is supposed to show the organization's commitment to inclusion and diversity in the wake of controversy that led it to hire a new team CEO.

    Those controversies include allegations that the workplace was hostile to women, some of which were chronicled in an Sports Illustrated article and follow up inquires by the Dallas Morning News.

    The council will be co-chaired by retired Dallas Chief of Police, David O. Brown, and Sr. Director of Community Relations for the Dallas Mavericks, Katie Edwards.

    "In order to have a more diverse and collaborative work environment, we must surround ourselves with the best of the best in business and in life," said Cynt Marshall, the recently hired CEO of the Dallas Mavericks.

    According to the team, D-MAC will consist of approximately 20 members and meet quarterly, beginning with NBA Media Day, Sept. 21.

    Invitations have gone out to more than two dozen potential members and the list of advisers will be released in August, according to the team.

    For more information on D-MAC, Cynt Marshall and the Mavs organization, visit the newly launched CEO Corner on mavs.com.

    <![CDATA[Doncic Signs Rookie Deal With Mavs for $5.5M in First Year]]>Mon, 09 Jul 2018 21:37:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/doncic.jpg

    Luka Doncic has signed his rookie contract with the Dallas Mavericks that will pay the third overall pick $5.5 million next season.

    The Mavericks announced Monday night that the 19-year-old EuroLeague MVP had signed the deal.

    Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft last month to get the versatile Slovenian guard, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3. The Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal that includes a protected 2019 first-round draft pick going to Atlanta.

    The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Doncic is set to make $6.4 million in his second season with the Mavericks.

    Doncic signed with Real Madrid at age 13 and made his debut as a 16-year-old. Real Madrid won the 2017-18 EuroLeague title and he was the Final Four MVP.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Esports Team to Visit East Dallas Boys & Girls Club]]>Tue, 10 Jul 2018 08:30:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nba_2k_league_logo_global.jpg

    The Mavs Gaming Team, as well as Coach Jonah Edwards, is heading to the Boys & Grils Club East Dallas Branch on Wednesday, June 11, to mix it up with the kids.

    The team will introduce kids to the NBA2K League, the NBA's gaming league (and the first Esports league operated by professional sports league).

    The event kicks off at 10 a.m. and will includes an opportunity for the kids to practice their hoops and their gaming skills with Esports professionals.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Sign Free Agent DeAndre Jordan]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 17:37:38 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/177*120/GettyImages-883416856.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks announced today they signed free agent center DeAndre Jordan.

    Jordan has previously played with the Los Angeles Clippers. Last season he averaged 12 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 31.5 minutes in all 77 games. He shot .645 from the floor, ranking second in the NBA.

    Jordan, a Texas native, departs the Clippers as the leader in rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage and games.

    The terms of his deal with the Mavericks were not disclosed.

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks' Jamahl Mosley Selected to Team USA Staff]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 09:49:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/PHOTO77617581169958454477main.jpg

    USA Basketball has picked its lineup of coaches to assist Gregg Popovich at the men's national team minicamp in Las Vegas this month.

    Of the nine picks, seven are NBA assistant coaches: Golden State's Mike Brown, Miami's Dan Craig, Utah's Alex Jensen, Boston's Jay Larranaga, Dallas' Jamahl Mosley, San Antonio's Ime Udoka and Portland's David Vanterpool.

    The other two slots went to top college head coaches, Villanova's Jay Wright and Gonzaga's Mark Few.

    The camp is July 25-27, with practices on the final two days. It's the first time the national team candidates will be together for a camp in advance of next year's world championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    There are 35 players on the 2018-20 national team roster, including 11 who won Olympic gold in 2016.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Sign International Wing Ryan Broekhoff: Yahoo]]>Fri, 06 Jul 2018 09:37:46 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have agreed to a two-year deal with Australian wing-player Ryan Broekhoff, according to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania.

    The deal is only guaranteed through the first season.

    Broekhoff, 27, played four seasons at Valparaiso University, earning Horizon League Player of the Year honors in 2012.

    Broekhoff went undrafted in 2013, playing overseas in Turkey and Russia the past four years. He also appeared for the Denver Nuggets' summer league team in 2015.

    Broekhoff has appeared for the Australian Men's National Team in several international tournaments.

    He is not expected to participate with the Mavericks in NBA Summer League.

    The Mavs kickoff their summer league season tonight against the Phoenix Suns on ESPN.

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    <![CDATA[DeMarcus Cousins Signs With Warriors, and That’s OK]]>Tue, 03 Jul 2018 18:41:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy+070318.jpg

    The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are already the league’s best team and now they’ve added one of the best free agents available in big man DeMarcus Cousins. Plenty of people are upset, saying it’s not fair for the other teams, but as NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs tells us, everyone needs to just chill out.

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    <![CDATA[AP Sources: Jordan Commits Again 3 Years After Jilting Mavs]]>Sun, 01 Jul 2018 14:27:29 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Getty-DeAndre-Jordan-070118.jpg

    DeAndre Jordan has committed to the Mavericks again, and the center offered an emoji to prove it three years after he backed out on a deal to join Dallas.

    The Mavericks and Jordan agreed quickly after free agency opened Sunday on a one-year contract at roughly the $24.1 million he was set to make with the Clippers next season, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

    The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be signed until Friday. Jordan opted out of the final year of the deal he signed with Los Angeles when he jilted the Mavericks in 2015.

    The one-year deal gives both sides flexibility beyond next season, but is a sign the Mavericks are tired of rebuilding after consecutive losing seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years. Dallas (24-58) is coming off its first 50-loss season since the last of seven in eight years in 1997-98.

    If Jordan follows through on this agreement, he will leave the team that drafted him 10 years ago so he can play in his home state.

    Set to turn 30 on July 21, Jordan gives the Mavericks a rebounding and shot-blocking presence they've mostly lacked since winning their only title in 2011. Dallas hasn't won a playoff series since then.

    The former Texas A&M standout tweeted a smiley face with a cowboy hat as news of the agreement spread on Twitter. It was a nod to the emoji-driven summertime saga that played out on social media three years ago.

    After getting word that Jordan was wavering on his decision to sign with Dallas, former teammate Blake Griffin and coach Doc Rivers were part of a Clippers contingent that went to Jordan's house in his native Houston and stayed with him until the contract was official.

    Former Dallas forward Chandler Parsons was the chief recruiter of Jordan, and part of the wild emoji exchange, so of course he had to weigh in after Jordan's latest decision.

    Circumstances are much different now, with the former All-Stars who helped persuade Jordan to stay no longer around. Chris Paul engineered a trade to Houston last summer, and the Clippers shipped Griffin to Detroit in January in a sign that rebuilding years could be ahead.

    The Mavericks are two years into their own reconstruction with a pair of top 10 picks. Dennis Smith Jr., taken ninth last year, has been joined by another player who will begin his NBA career as a teenager in European standout Luka Doncic.

    Dallas moved up two spots in the draft last week to get the Slovenian guard, who was taken third overall by Atlanta while the Mavericks selected former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks.

    Jordan, who was second in the NBA at 15.2 rebounds per game last season, shores up an area that has long been a weakness for Dallas. Although his blocked shots dropped significantly last season, Jordan gives the Mavericks a rim presence they have coveted.

    The 6-foot-11 Jordan has averaged at least 12 points each of the past three years. He has career averages of 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 10 seasons.

    His arrival would be an odd twist for Dallas fans, who booed him steadfastly in each of his five trips to Dallas after that summertime saga. Jordan's presence also could mean Dirk Nowitzki comes off the bench in what is expected to be his record 21st season with the same franchise.

    Since the change of heart by Jordan, the most productive center for the Mavericks was their immediate replacement -- Zaza Pachulia in 2015-16. Dallas hoped Nerlens Noel could become a significant piece after trading for him at the deadline in 2017. But the sixth overall pick by Philadelphia in 2013 never blossomed.

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    <![CDATA[AP Source: Center Salah Mejri Returning to the Mavericks]]>Mon, 02 Jul 2018 08:24:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/522358972.jpg

    A person with knowledge of the deal says the Dallas Mavericks have reached an agreement to bring back center Salah Mejri on a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum of $1.6 million.

    The 32-year-old from Tunisia is set to be one of the backups to DeAndre Jordan, who has agreed with Dallas on a one-year deal. Jordan's contract will be for roughly the $24.1 million he was set to make before opting out of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.

    The person spoke to The Associated Press Monday on condition of anonymity because contracts can't be signed until Friday.

    Mejri has been an intriguing shot-blocker who has provided energy off the bench in three years with the Mavericks. He averaged 3.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 12 minutes per game last season.

    Mejri and Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic were teammates with Real Madrid in Spain. The Mavericks traded up two spots in the draft to get Doncic, who was the third overall pick.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Clippers Center DeAndre Jordan Opts Out, Mavs Interested?]]>Sat, 30 Jun 2018 13:07:57 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592999676.jpg

    NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan will not opt-in to the final year of his contract, making him a free agent - one the Dallas Mavericks are said to covet.

    The NBA Champion Golden State Warriors are also rumored to be among the teams interested, but the champs lack the cap space to match the offer Dallas is expected to make.

    According to the NYTimes' Marc Stein, it may cost the Warriors nearly as much in luxury tax as the Mavs could offer the vaunted bigman. That price tag is for the Warriors to pay Jordan just $5.3 million; the Mavs have nearly $30 million in cap space.

    This comes just three years after the Mavs reportedly had a verbal agreement with the Texas A&M product, before several members of the Clippers organization, including coach Doc Rivers and players Chris Paul and Paul Pierce, reportedly surrounded Jordan in his home until he signed a contract.

    The Mavs are expected to target Jordan after trading for European star Luka Doncic.

    Before Jordan opted out, several reporters around the league rumored a trade for Jordan might be in the works, especially after the Clippers acquired Wizards center Marcin Gortat.

    With the hope that their 2017 first round pick (top-5 protected), which they traded for Doncic, will convert to the Atlanta Hawks next season, there is little incentive for the team to tank.

    Few other teams have been rumored to be as interested in Jordan as the Mavericks, but as they learned, nothing is set in stone until he signs on the dotted line.

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    <![CDATA[What it Will Take for the Mavericks to Land DeAndre Jordan]]>Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:51:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_talks_latest_on_deandre_jordan_to_mavs.jpg

    The Mavericks are interested in bringing center DeAndre Jordan to Dallas, and reports are that Jordan is interested, again, in coming to town. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs tells us what needs to happen to get this deal done.]]>
    <![CDATA[Will the Mavs Make Another Run at Center Deandre Jordan?]]>Tue, 26 Jun 2018 19:55:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_TALKS_ABOUT_DEANDRE_JORDAN_POSSIBLE_RETURN.jpg

    The Mavericks thought they had NBA big man Deandre Jordan locked up, only to have Jordan spurn them at the last minute. But the Mavericks are in the market again for a center. Could the Mavs test those free agent waters again? NBC 5's Newy Scruggs thinks they should.]]>
    <![CDATA[Grading the Mavericks Draft and What About a Big Man?]]>Mon, 25 Jun 2018 20:55:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_and_jacques_discuss_mavericks_draft.jpg

    NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs and Jean-Jacques Taylor grade the recent Mavericks draft. They also discuss what the team should do in free agency and which big man makes the most sense for this team.

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    <![CDATA[Dirk to Doncic: Mavs Tap Brakes on Inevitable Comparisons]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 17:28:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-158347883.jpg

    Luka Doncic didn't get compared to Larry Bird when he was introduced a day after the Dallas Mavericks traded up to get the third overall pick in the NBA draft.

    For president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, that's progress based on his last experience of getting a tender-aged European in hopes of lifting the Mavericks out of the doldrums.

    Twenty years later, Dirk Nowitzki is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in league history. Back then, the big German wasn't remotely comparable to Larry Legend -- and his rough first two years proved it.

    So ask Nelson about a player the Mavericks clearly coveted heading into the draft in Doncic, and he'll choose his words carefully regarding the 19-year-old from Slovenia. Doncic won't turn 20 until after the All-Star break of his rookie season, which is expected to be Nowitzki's record 21st with one franchise.

    "Dirk and I had a long talk coming in," Nelson said about the player Dallas drafted days after his 20th birthday in 1998.

    "We're obviously very excited to have (Doncic) but he's got a very tough road ahead of him. Dirk wasn't done any favors in his first two years. We are going to steer away from any of those comparisons. Luka is his own guy. He's got his own challenges."

    Coach Rick Carlisle dropped a few international names in trying to describe the versatility Dallas thinks is offered by the 6-foot-7 Doncic, who won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors while helping Real Madrid win the title just days before the draft.

    After offering comparisons to the late Drazen Petrovic, three-time champion Toni Kukoc and longtime San Antonio star Manu Ginobili, Carlisle stopped.

    "I really feel it's important that we shouldn't try to compare this guy to anybody," Carlisle said Friday during an introductory news conference that included Doncic and second-round pick Jalen Brunson, who won two NCAA titles in three years at Villanova. "Let him be himself. Let his game takes its own form."

    Doncic figures to shape the future of the Mavericks in some form with Dallas coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the second of Nowitzki's two difficult years at the start of his career.

    Those 1990s-era Mavericks had 10 straight losing seasons. Combine the drafting of Doncic with last year's ninth overall pick in point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and a still-young leading scorer in Harrison Barnes, and Carlisle expects the losing to stop soon, if not this coming season.

    "Last night was symbolic to me that it was kind of a defining moment in this rebuild," said Carlisle, who had just one losing season as a coach before the current Dallas slide. "We're going propel forward with the idea that we've got to start winning games."

    Just as he did last year with Smith, Carlisle is declaring Doncic a starter, which means the opening night lineup will have a teenager for the second straight year. Youth partly explains a two-year record of 57-107, including the 24-58 mark last season that landed Dallas the fifth pick before the draft-night trade with Atlanta on Thursday.

    Another explanation was an unusually large number of undrafted players, including a young German in Maxi Kleber who grew up watching his countryman become the 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP.

    The Mavericks haven't won a playoff series since taking their only title in 2011, and have missed the postseason three of the past six seasons coming off a 12-year playoff streak. Doncic might only get one chance to get Dallas back on track with Nowitzki, the 13-time All-Star who has hinted that 40 is a nice round number as a retirement age.

    If this is it for Nowitzki, Nelson sees a trio in Barnes, Smith and Doncic that reminds him of Michael Finley mentoring Nowitzki and point guard Steve Nash and helping the Mavericks end a 10-year playoff drought in 2001.

    "Michael Finley was our Harrison Barnes back in the day," Nelson said. "We feel like we've got that here in a different form. There's just some really cool elements to this that take me back and remind me about what it was like 20 years ago when we were watching these young guys."

    Just don't remind Nelson about the Nowitzki-Bird comparisons.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Introduce First Round Draft Pick Luka Donci]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 16:49:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/doncic.jpg

    The Mavericks introduced their new first round draft pick at the American Airlines center Friday afternoon. Today, Luka Doncic and his family and friends arrived at the AAC to show off his new #77 Mavs jersey and to talk about team expectations.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Introduce Draft Picks Luka Doncic and Jalen Brunson]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:25:24 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_introduce_draft_picks.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki. On Friday they introduced Euro phenom Luka Doncic and Villanova guard Jalen Brunson.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Introduce Luka Doncic Friday]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 14:08:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-introduction.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are going Euro with their rebuild, the same way they did 20 years ago with Dirk Nowitzki.

    Dallas moved up two spots in the NBA draft Thursday night to get Slovenian guard Luka Doncic, who was selected by Atlanta at No. 3 while the Mavericks picked former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks at No. 5 as part of the deal. The Mavericks are also sending a protected first-round pick to Atlanta.

    The Mavericks are coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years, back when Nowitzki ended up being the centerpiece of a rebuilding project that led to 12 straight trips to the playoffs and the franchise's only championship in 2011.

    The big German is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in NBA history and one of seven overall with at least 30,000 points. The Mavericks acquired Nowitzki during the 1998 draft, trading down to get the 7-footer who was taken ninth overall by Milwaukee.

    The 19-year-old Doncic will be his teammate, with Nowitzki expected to become the first player in league history to spend all 21 seasons with the same franchise.

    Nowitzki, who was in the draft room with the Mavericks two nights after celebrating his 40th birthday, quickly greeted his fellow European on Twitter, and Doncic replied in kind.

    "He's a great leader, a great person," Doncic said of the 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP. "I'm just really happy to be part of his career. I just want to learn so much about him."

    Doncic arrived in New York on Wednesday after helping Spain's Real Madrid win its league championship after he won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors when they won that title this year. His lengthy European season kept him from working out for teams but he knew the Mavericks were interested.

    "I've been talking to Dallas a lot," Doncic said. "They were very nice to me, and I think we had a very good relationship."

    At 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Doncic averaged about 15 points, five rebounds and five assists during Real Madrid's championship season. As with Nowitzki 20 years ago, the question is how his game will translate to the NBA.

    "This kid has won everything there is to win in European and international basketball and he's done it at an age that's unprecedented," coach Rick Carlisle said. "I'm not sure what position he is. I think his position is on the floor, making plays and making people better."

    Doncic signed with Real Madrid at age 13 and made his debut as a 16-year-old. He teamed with Miami's Goran Dragic to lead Slovenia to a surprising gold medal at FIBA EuroBasket 2017. His father, Sasa Doncic, played professionally for 15 years.

    The Mavericks made the move for Doncic a year after drafting point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth overall pick, giving Dallas a chance to have one of the NBA's youngest backcourts depending on where Doncic lands in the rotation. Carlisle said he sees Doncic as a starter.

    "He's the kind of player that is going to be able to play with virtually anybody," Carlisle said. "He just has the skill set and an understanding and a feel for the game. He's a great shooter, so he creates space for other players, which is really going to help Dennis."

    President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson played a big role in Nowitzki coming to Dallas, and remembers a rough first couple of seasons for the 13-time All-Star. So he's taking a guarded approach with Doncic for now.

    "Luka is his own guy," Nelson said. "He's got his own challenges. It's not going to be quick. He's got a very unique skill set. Anyone who can make his teammates better, shoot the long ball, get to the paint, he's going to be a pretty darn good asset for the Mavericks for years to come."

    The Mavericks took another guard with the 33rd overall pick in the second round, getting Jalen Brunson, who won two NCAA titles in his three years at Villanova. The reigning Associated Press player of the year averaged 18.9 points and 4.6 assists in his final season.

    Dallas swapped picks late in the second round with Philadelphia and got Dayton's Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. He was the 60th and final pick of the draft.

    The 76ers got former SMU guard Shake Milton, who was the 55th choice. Dallas also got Ray Spalding of Louisville at No. 56, another pick originally belonging to Philadelphia.

    <![CDATA[Mavs Pick National Champ With 2nd Pick in Draft]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 05:00:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_TALKS_ABOUT_MAVERICKS_SECOND_PICK_BRUNSON.jpg

    The Mavericks acquired Luka Doncic in a draft day trade, but also added another quality player in former Villanova Wildcat Jalen Brunson, NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs talks about what he likes about this pick up]]>
    <![CDATA[Pat Doney, Jeff 'Skin' Wade Talk Doncic Move]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 04:40:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney-skin-wade-doncic-web.jpg

    NBC 5's Pat Doney and Jeff "Skin" Wade from 105.3 The Fan talk about the major DFW sports scene shakeup with the Mavericks acquiring Luka Doncic.]]>
    <![CDATA[Newy Scruggs and Pat Doney Talk Mavs Draft]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:42:34 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy_Scruggs_and_Pat_Doney_Talk_Mavs_Draft.jpg

    Several media members have reported that Atlanta and Dallas reached the deal during the draft.]]>
    <![CDATA[NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs Talks to DMNs Eddie Sefko]]>Thu, 21 Jun 2018 20:42:16 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NBC_5_Sports_Director_Newy_Scruggs_Talks_to_DMNs_Eddie_Sefko.jpg

    The Mavericks have once again looked overseas to try to find their next superstar. They did it with a then 19 year old DirK Nowitzki and now Luka Doncic, the Euro star who at 19 has won just about every international award out there. NBC 5’s Newy Scruggs and The Dallas Morning News’ Eddie Sefko discuss what this means for this team’s future]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Acquire Luka Doncic From Atlanta]]>Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:14:50 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/donciclukaeyes.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks traded a protected 2019 first round pick and swapped current draft selections with the Atlanta Hawks to acquire Euro basketball phenom Luka Doncic.

    Several media members reported that Atlanta and Dallas reached the deal during the draft.

    The Mavericks drafted Villanova guard Jalen Brunson and SMU guard Shake Milton with their two second round picks, 33rd and 54th respectively.

    Luka Doncic, seen as the top prospect by some analysts, has been rumored to be a desired asset for numerous NBA teams. When reports began to surface that he may fall beyond the first two draft picks, the Mavericks were said to be one of his top suitors.

    It was previously believed that he may fall to the Mavs, who held the 5th overall pick before swapping with Atlanta; however, teams reportedly began making calls to Atlanta and Memphis about trading up to acquire him or other prospects.

    But the Mavs made the move and landed Doncic; and he seems excited about it.

    [This story will continue to be updated throughout the draft.]

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    <![CDATA[Dirk Celebrates His 40th Birthday in Style]]>Wed, 20 Jun 2018 15:08:11 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-933711736.jpg

    If you did not hear, yesterday was Dirk Nowitzki's 40th birthday; and despite DFW's best efforts, no one celebrated harder than Dirk.

    However, he made sure to give special thanks to some of the important people in his life, including the Mavs' Director of Player Development.

    And Dirk made sure he got in on the laughs, too. He reminded everyone that despite his two decades in Dallas, he's always going to be "straight outta Wurzburg (Germany)".

    He also had some special non-sports guests attend his birthday bash, including DJ Jazzy Jeff, also known as Jazz from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

    Check out DJ Jazzy Jeff's clip of his birthday party performance with rapper Busta Rhymes. However, we'd like to warn you, you will see Dirk dancing and hear some NSFWs, both may be considered alarming.

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    <![CDATA[Happy 40th Birthday Dirk! My, How You've Changed]]>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 16:58:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+DIRK+NOW.gifDirk Nowitzki turns 40 on June 19, 2018 -- he joined the Dallas Mavericks at age 19, and my how he's changed through the years!

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    <![CDATA[Mavs Should Only Draft 1 of 3 Players: Newy Scruggs]]>Mon, 18 Jun 2018 22:23:19 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/usa-michael-porter-jr-marvin-bagley-luka-doncic.jpg

    Last year, I was all about the Mavericks drafting Dennis Smith, Jr. If you think I'm not being truthful just click on this link from June 2017.

    Smith was named to the NBA's second All-Rookie Team. In a bad season for the Mavs, the rookie from NC State was one of the bright spots.

    Smith averaged 15 points and almost five assists a game. You know he was a solid pick because all New York Knicks fans do is complain about how Phil Jackson messed up drafting Frank Ntilikina over Smith, Jr. last year. 

    "I think he's come a lot further than I expected," said owner Mark Cuban to Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News. "He's learning when to slow and when to go. One time he dunks it, one time he passes it to the corner. His court vision is 10 times better than we expected. The only thing he's improving on, but needs to get better is taking too many step-back 2-pointers. But he's come so far - leaps and bounds."

    So what should the Mavs do at number five in the 2018 NBA Draft?

    The better NOT draft Michael Porter, Jr. with all those medical questions. I don't care if he has star potential if healthy, the Mavs need a safe solid pick. 

    Here’s my wish list:

    Luka Doncic
    The kid is 19!! NIneteen and he has been a star playing against grown men in the ACB League, EuroLeague and international competition since he was 16. I can see Doncic and Smith, Jr. playing off each other in the backcourt. I think they could be a killa-combo fans will enjoy watching. Rick Carlisle would have a fun time coming up with offensive sets for Doncic and Smith. 

    I once thought Doncic was a lock for the Sacramento Kings at number two but now we are hearing rumblings they may go with Marvin Bagley III of Duke.

    Woj on ESPN.com says the Mavs want Doncic.

    Jaren Jackson, Jr.
    I know he worked out for the Mavericks and left them excited about his talent. That said, I would be shocked if Jackson is there at five. The kid is 18-years-old and is a two-way player who can block shots. He played at Michigan State for Tom Izzo and the Spartans have a nice track record of NBA pros.

    Did I mention is he is 18?

    That's big to me because he is only scratching the surface of what he can do. I was told by a source with the Mavericks his timing and length on blocked shots is hard to come by. I know JJJ detractors about his offensive production at MSU, but the Mavericks will draft him and go to work on that part of his game.

    He is an intriguing prospect as a 40 percent shooter from three (80 percent at the free throw line) who can also block shots and switch screens. Is he the most complete big man in the draft?

    Mo Bamba
    The Mavs need an anchor on defense. They won the 2011 NBA title with Tyson Chandler and Brendan Haywood anchoring the defense. Last season, they were hoping Nerlens Noel would step up and take the role. He flopped. Time to move on.

    Bamba would be a darn fine pick at five. Former Dallas Observer columnist, John Gonzalez, is now working for theringer.com and he wrote an in-depth piece on Bamba. I won't call him Joel Embiid 2.0, but with a 7-10 wingspan and a thirst to get better, maybe Bamba can be a Baby Embiid.

    If the Mavericks are smart they will listen to me again. If not, then get mad. 

    Photo Credit: CSNPhilly.com]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Draft Preview with Nick Neppach of 105.3 The Fan]]>Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:06:10 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney-and-Neppach-061718.jpg

    NBC 5's Pat Doney and Nick Neppach of 105.3 The Fan discuss who the Dallas Mavericks should target and who they should avoid in Thursday's NBA draft.

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    <![CDATA[Harper on Potential Mavs-Grizzlies Draft Trade]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:58:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/doney_and_harper_on_mavs_grizzlies_potential_trade.jpg

    Former Mavericks star and current Mavs color commentator Derek Harper joined NBC 5’s Pat Doney on the radio show “J-Dub City” on 103.3 ESPN Radio to discuss a reported potential trade between the Mavericks and Grizzlies that includes Memphis’s number four overall pick in the NBA Draft.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs JJ Barea Wins PBWA Citizenship Award]]>Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:11:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Barea_celebra_su_familia_y_su_juego_2.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has won the 2017-2018 J. Walter Kennedy Award, awarded annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association (PBWA) to a player, coach or team trainer "who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community."

    Barea was selected from five finalists - Carmelo Anthony, OKC; Kevin Durant, GSW; James Harden, Houston; and Dwyane Wade, Miami - who were chosen by a committee of PBWA members from a list of 25 nominees submitted by NBA teams. The winner, Barea, was determined by the votes of more than 200 writers and editors who cover the NBA on a regular basis for professional publications and websites.

    Barea, a 12-year veteran, is being honored for his disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico, in response to Hurricane Maria. Barea was born and raised in Mayaguez, PR, and married his wife, Viviana Ortiz, on the island in 2016.

    His family, including his parents, lives on the island and were among those affected by the storm, which hit land back in Sept. 2017.

    A 12-year NBA veteran, Barea is being honored for his swift and sustained response to disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico during the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Born and raised in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Barea married his wife, Viviana Ortiz, on the island in August 2016. His parents and other family members live in Puerto Rico and were among those affected by the September storm.

    “J.J. Barea’s impassioned and tireless efforts to help the people of Puerto Rico are inspiring and should spur us all to contribute in our own communities,” said PBWA President Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. “PBWA members salute J.J., his fellow finalists and fellow nominees for their outstanding and heartfelt work.”

    Barea coordinated a handful of trips to the island and worked with partners in North Texas to deliver generators, food, water, clothing, medical supplies and other necessities. He even borrowed the Mavericks' team plane from Mark Cuban to facilitate the delivery process.

    Barea helped provide more than 100,000 lbs. of supplies, organize financial support for families, and has personally raised nearly $500,000 and launched a fundraiser on YouCaring.com that has generated nearly $270,000.

    Barea also worked with the Mavs to donate 100 percent of all single-game ticket sales from their Oct. 25 game against the Memphis Grizzlies, which raised an additional $114,000.

    His own foundation - the J.J. Barea Foundation - which offers economic assistance to nonprofit entities in Puerto Rico, partnered with the world's leading station-free bike-sharing company to donate 600 bikes to help with transportation on the island. After the bikes were shipped to Puerto Rico and assembled by his foundation, the bikes were distributed among the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico and communities along the Martín Peña Channel.

    Barea averaged career high in points and assists this season, on top of his humanitarian efforts. He also won a championship with Mavericks over the Miami Heat in 2011.

    Previous winners of the JWK Award include LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Steve Nash.

    <![CDATA[Harrison Barnes Surprises Youngsters at Mavs Basketball Camp]]>Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:50:44 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Barnes-Mavs-bball-camp-061118.jpg

    Since it began 25 years ago, the Dallas Mavericks Summer Hoop Camp has created lasting memories for young basketball players. On Monday, some campers got a special surprise from a current Maverick.

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    <![CDATA[#MavsCentral: Looking Back at Dennis Smith's Top Plays]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:04:16 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smith-dennis-dunk.jpg

    The NBA Draft is just 10 days away and for most teams that means putting last season behind them.

    After all, it seems everyone could use some help catching up to the Golden State Warriors.

    Dennis Smith Jr., the Dallas Mavericks' first top-10 pick in almost two decades, showed this season how the draft can lay the foundation for a better future. Smith earned NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors after finishing top five in scoring and assists for rookies - Smith also finished 11th in rebounding.

    In the upcoming draft, the Mavericks are expected to target a front court player to pair with Smith's elite athleticism and combo guard ability - though rumors of trading the pick have emerged.

    Assuming the Mavs keep the pick, Smith and his running-mate will be learning from NBA champions Dirk Nowitzki, Harrison Barnes and a likely future Hall of Fame coach, in Rick Carlisle.

    But only time will tell.

    Until then, enjoy these highlights of the Dallas Mavericks most recent lottery pick, along with the rest of the 2017-2018 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, as you gear up for the NBA draft (skip to the "2:40 mark for the good stuff):

    And, if that's not enough, you can watch highlights of the All-Rookie First Team:

    Fun Fact: Smith likely would have been a first-team selection if it only included first-year players. But that discussion is for another day, just ask the NBPA Rookie of the Year, Donovan Mitchell:

    Photo Credit: James Ham
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    <![CDATA[Texas' Mohamed Bamba Makes His Case to be the Top Pick]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 06:41:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bamba-young-us.jpg

    Mohamed Bamba could be the next Rudy Gobert, and that's why he's expected to go very high in the NBA draft.

    The towering 7-footer from Harlem, who played his one collegiate season at Texas, worked out individually with Phoenix on Saturday, the third player to do so this week as the Suns weigh their options with the No. 1 overall pick this month in the NBA draft.

    Deandre Ayton worked out Wednesday and Marvin Bagley III on Friday.

    "Mo had a really good workout," Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said. "His wingspan, his standing reach, is off the charts. His ability to protect the rim I think will be elite at the NBA level, in addition to his ability to rebound the ball. Another thing that stood out to us in his workout today is we can tell he's been working on his shooting."

    Bamba has been working with noted shooting coach Drew Hanlen and has made significant changes to his form.

    McDonough described Bamba's old form as "a slingshot" approach with the ball released far behind the shooter's head.

    Bamba said the changes have "made like a night-and-day difference in just my mechanics, getting the ball off smoother and having softer landing on the rim."

    "My makes are all net and my misses are landing very soft and long instead of short," he said.

    Bamba has a 7-foot-10 wingspan, the largest ever recorded at the NBA combine. McDonough said Bamba's highest vertical jump was 12 1-2 feet, "which is crazy."

    As for the comparison with Gobert, the shot-blocking center of the Utah Jazz, McDonough said "honestly I think at 20 years old he's ahead of where Rudy was."

    "Now Rudy's made tremendous strides over the last three or four years," McDonough said. "The question for Mo is can he fill out his body the way Rudy has. But in terms of measurements, they're similar. In terms of the willingness and desire to anchor a defense and protect the rim, they're similar. I think Mo probably is a little more mobile at the same age and Rudy is probably stronger, more physically developed at the same age."

    Bamba loves the comparison.

    "He just changed the geometry of the game," Bamba said. "When he's not blocking the shot, he's in the back of your mind."

    McDonough calls Bamba "a super-bright guy, one of the smarter guys I've seen in the last 10 or 15 years come through the pre-draft process."

    Bamba believes that intelligence will serve him well in the NBA.

    "I have the natural ability to pick things up a lot faster than I think most people would," he said, "and I think I've shown that in the workout that we did today. ... IQ is really big. It's something that you really want to have on and off the court and it takes your game to the next level for sure."

    Bamba weighs 234 pounds.

    "He's super-long but he's thin so he needs to add some length to his body, especially the lower body," McDonough said. "But I think from day one he'll be able to step on the court and impact games defensively, block shots, rebound and then be an over-the-top lob threat and then build the rest of his game out from there."

    Bamba said he is working out for other teams but didn't want to identify them. He's been rumored to be a top target for many teams, including the Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks. 

    Ayton said the Suns were the only team he's working out with. Bagley planned to work out with Sacramento and Atlanta, teams with the No. 2 and No. 3 picks, respectively, in the June 21 draft.

    Ayton said he knows he will be the No.1 pick. Bagley said he, not Ayton, deserves to be - the two were high school teammates for a brief period.

    Bamba was more diplomatic.

    "Everyone feels entitled to it, but I have no entitlement to it," he said. "It's something that obviously I worked my butt off for and my whole thing is to put it in very short sentences -- I do more and I require less. The Suns are more than a perfect fit for me."

    Many question if any of the three will be available when the Mavs select at 5.

    The NBA Draft is less than two weeks away; it will take place on June 21 in Brooklyn.

    The Mavericks have the 5th, 33rd and 54th overall picks heading into the draft. The team is expected to build around last year's draft pick, Dennis Smith, Jr., and Harrison Barnes.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Cuban Invites Santa Fe Shooting Survivors to Celebrity Game]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 06:56:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MARK_CUBAN_AGAIN.jpg

    Mavs owner Mark Cuban discusses why he paid for several survivors from the recent shooting in Santa Fe, Texas to attend Dirk Nowitzki's "Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game" in Frisco.]]>
    <![CDATA[Dirk Heroes Baseball Game Honors Sante Fe Survivors]]>Sun, 10 Jun 2018 08:19:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk_interview_at_baseball_classic.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game was held at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco Friday night. Lots of big time celebs coming out to play. But the stars of the show may have been three young men from Santa Fe, Texas. NBC 5's Paul Jones has the story.]]>
    <![CDATA[Dirk Hosts 7th Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game for Charity]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 07:29:49 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk_interview_at_baseball_classic.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks superstar Dirk Nowitzki is hosting his 7th Heroes Celebrity baseball game - the 17th overall - at Dr. Pepper Ballpark Friday night.

    Tickets are on sale for as little as $9.

    The game starts at 7 p.m.

    Proceeds will benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.

    Tickets can be bought online or at the Dr Pepper Ballpark Box Office during office hours. Will call opens at 10 a.m. Friday.

    ONLINE: Buy tickets

    <![CDATA[105.3 The Fan: Mavs Mock Draft Round-Up]]>Thu, 07 Jun 2018 13:43:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    The 2018 NBA Draft is just around the corner, and new mocks are dropping daily. The Dallas Mavericks are drafting number 5 overall, and it seems they will have a few great options with the pick.

    105.3 The Fan compiled a list of the internet's most popular mock drafts to save you some time, and to get you more acquainted with who might taking the court with the Mavs next season.

    CLICK HERE to read more from our partners at 105.3 The Fan

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    <![CDATA[Sources: Mavericks Suspend Supervisor of ‘Pants DJ']]>Sat, 02 Jun 2018 16:59:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark-Cuban-DMN1.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks quietly have begun a major front office shakeup.

    Senior vice president of ticket sales and services George Prokos has been suspended, multiple sources said Friday. Prokos supervised the former employee co-workers referred to as 'Pants DJ' because of the way he rubbed himself as he viewed pornography in the workplace, according to an investigation by The Dallas Morning News.

    Prokos, who declined to comment when reached Friday, had been with the organization for 18 years and has been a friend of owner Mark Cuban's since before he bought the Mavericks in 2000.

    Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks' Employee Watched Porn in Office, Co-Workers Say]]>Mon, 28 May 2018 21:32:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark-Cuban-DMN.jpg

    His co-workers called him "Pants DJ." He would sit at his desk in the Dallas Mavericks ticket sales office, stare at pornographic images on his cellphone or computer and rub himself below his belt line.

    He'd often call co-workers over to show them pictures on his phone that he'd taken of women in lingerie, topless or naked. He once dropped a used condom onto the office floor.

    This pattern of behavior, described by seven current and former Mavericks employees who spoke to The Dallas Morning News on the condition of anonymity, continued for six years despite a warning from owner Mark Cuban that he stop viewing pornography on his office computer.

    Read more from our media partner The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Dirk Takes Stage With Timberlake in Dallas]]>Mon, 28 May 2018 15:49:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk-Timberlake-052818.jpg

    While the Dallas Mavericks' 2017-18 season may not have lasted into May, that didn't stop Dirk Nowitzki from making an appearance at the American Airlines Center Sunday.

    During Sunday night's Justin Timberlake concert at the arena, the 7-foot-tall career-long Maverick walked onstage carrying a tray of shots. Nowitzki proceeded to pass them out to Timberlake and his band.

    In the video of the occasion, posted on the Mavericks' Twitter page, Timberlake said he and Nowitzki have known each other since early in Timberlake's solo career.

    "This guy came to see me when I did my first show here, years and years ago, Timberlake told the crowd. "And after the show he was like, 'Why you did not close with 'Rock Your Body?'' I said, 'That's good advice, Dirk. Why you don't got no ring yet?' But then the rest is history."

    "Justified," Timberlake's first solo album, came out in 2002 - nearly a decade before the Mavericks beat the Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals to give Dallas its first and only title.

    Timberlake went on to give shout outs to his keyboard player and one of his dancers, who he said are both from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, before the entire group raised a glass to Nowitzki.

    Nowitzki confirmed in April that he will return to the Mavericks for his 21st season with the team in 2018-19. Timberlake will play a second show at the American Airlines Center Monday night, and return again in January 2019 for another visit.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks' Dennis Smith Jr. Makes NBA Rookie Team]]>Tue, 22 May 2018 19:09:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smith-dennis-fox-deaaron.jpg

    Dennis Smith Jr. made the NBA All-Rookie team. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs talks about Smith’s season and why the Mavericks have another chance to make a big splash in the draft.

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    <![CDATA[Newy and JJT’s Mavericks Dream Pick At Number 5]]>Mon, 21 May 2018 21:52:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Newy-and-JJT-Mavs.jpg

    Who should the Mavs take fifth overall in the June NBA Draft? Newy & JJT make the dream pick for Dallas. JJT is dreaming big. Newy is practical.

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    <![CDATA[Breaking Down the Mavericks Options in the NBA Draft]]>Mon, 21 May 2018 10:50:09 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney-and-Skin-052018.jpg

    NBC 5's Pat Doney and Jeff 'Skin' Wade of 105.3 The Fan break down the prospects they think will be on the board when the Dallas Mavericks pick fifth in the NBA Draft.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks Will Pick 5th In NBA Draft]]>Wed, 16 May 2018 19:11:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-932929778.jpg

    The Mavericks just can’t win the NBA Lottery. Chin up Mavs fans. It’s time to get over the fact the club went from having the third best chance to win the Lottery to picking fifth in June.

    The fifth pick in the NBA Draft has produced Hall of Famers, NBA Champions, All Stars and Olympic Champions such as Dwyane Wade, Charles Barkley, Kevin Garnett, Scottie Pippen, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love, Demarcus Cousins, Mitch Richmond and a guy I covered in high school in South Carolina, Ray Allen.

    The early mock drafts I checked out have the Mavericks selecting 7-footer Mo Bamba from Texas. His wingspan makes him 7-9. Bamba helped lead the Longhorns to the NCAA Tournament and averaged at double-double. He was the Big 12 Conference leader in double-doubles with 15. He’s also a very good shot blocker. In fact Bamba had 111 blocked shots, a school record.

    Gary Parrish of CBS Sports wrote, “Bamba, at worst, projects as a menace on the defensive end of the court — where his 7-9 wingspan should allow him to alter shots at an elite level and rebound well. But he’s not just a defensive player. There’s also potential on the offensive end — even if it’s a work in progress, at the moment.”

    John Gonzalez of The Ringer wrote a longform story on how Bamba has been working with Drew Hanlen to take his game to an elite level. Halen is trying to get him to model his future NBA game after Sixers All Star Joel Embiid. In fact, Embiid and Bamba have become good friends with Bamba been driven to several NBA games by Embiid.

    I had a good conversation with Rob Dauster of collegebasketballtalk.com on my national NBC Sports Radio show after the lottery about Mo Bamba, Jaren Jackson, Jr. of Michigan State and Mizzou's Michael Porter Jr. He's got his podcast of the NBA Mock Draft. Dauster has the Mavs drafting Bamba.

    Jackson and Porter have been linked to the Mavs in mock draft. Coming off that back surgery the Mavs will have to depend on their medical team to give them the green light to draft Porter.

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    <![CDATA[Inside The Life Of A Mavs Gamer]]>Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:56:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    Mavs Gaming Season gets started May 11th. But it's more than just fun and games, this is serious business.

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    <![CDATA[Mavericks, Bulls Win Tiebreakers for Draft Lottery Position]]>Wed, 16 May 2018 12:33:16 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls have won tiebreakers to put them in better position ahead of the NBA draft lottery.

    The Mavericks won a tiebreaker with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday after they shared the NBA's third-worst record at 24-58. Dallas gets a 13.8 percent chance to win the lottery and Atlanta at 13.7, and should neither team move up, the Mavericks would pick one spot higher in the draft.

    Chicago and Sacramento both finished 27-55. They will have the same odds in the lottery, but the Bulls will be sixth and the Kings seventh if nobody jumps ahead of them and neither moves up in the lottery.

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    <![CDATA[Aging Nowitzki, Young Smith Want Mavs To Be Relevant Again]]>Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:57:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-talk-end-of-season-tuesday.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki plans to become the first player to spend all 21 seasons with the same NBA franchise.

    Dennis Smith Jr. will be half the German star's age when the Dallas Mavericks open next season looking to end the first two-year playoff drought in nearly two decades. The team posted its worst record since 1997-98, the year before Nowitzki arrived.

    The No. 9 overall pick who turned 20 early in what ended up as a solid rookie season, Smith figures to have a new teammate facing high expectations the way he did. Dallas will pick no lower than seventh in June.

    Smith will have at least one thing in common with Nowitzki, who turns 40 this summer. They want the Mavericks to be regulars in the postseason again, the way they were before the current swoon.

    "I've been in a couple of arenas that are playoff teams, and I just witnessed the atmosphere," Smith said. "I can only imagine how it is playoff time."

    It's certainly better than 24-58, tied with Atlanta for the league's third-worst record. Youth, injuries and a difficult schedule buried the Mavericks early for the second straight year.

    They spent the last half of the season wondering where they would fall in the lottery, and owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for suggesting that Dallas had been tanking for two seasons. Part of Cuban's point was that he'd had enough of that approach.

    "We do not want to go back to what we just experienced," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "That's unanimous, from the top on down. When you go through retooling or rebuilding situations like we're going through now, it's done with the right people."

    For Nelson, two of those three people are in place in Smith and leading scorer Harrison Barnes. The third is coming in the draft. Nelson compared the situation to when he joined his dad, former coach and general manager Don Nelson, in Dallas 20 years ago. Michael Finley was already there. Steve Nash and Nowitzki were on the way.

    The Mavericks made the playoffs 15 out of 16 years starting in 2001, winning their first championship in 2011. They haven't won a playoff series since.

    "We're certainly hoping that we're not in the early stages of a rebuild," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We want to get through this as expeditiously as possible. But there's no way you can skip steps."

    Things to consider after the first 50-loss season for Dallas since the last of seven in an eight-season stretch in the 1990s:

    DIRK FOR 22?

    Surgery for bone spurs in his left ankle ended Nowitzki's season a few games early, but after he had set a record for games in a 20th season with 77. He has had a season-to-season approach for several years now.

    "I'm hoping the ankle will be tons better than this year," said Nowitzki , who figures to pass Wilt Chamberlain on the career scoring list but get passed by LeBron James to leave him where he is now -- sixth place. "It's hard for me at this point to commit further than one year or say one year's it."


    J.J. Barea has a year left on his contract after averaging career highs of 11.6 points and 6.3 assists per game. Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry have expiring contracts, but the Mavericks figure to be interested. Ferrell proved to be a solid role player on a two-year deal earned after a flashy start on a 10-day contract last season. Dallas had high hopes for Curry, but the younger brother of Golden State star Stephen Curry missed the season with a stress fracture in his lower left leg.


    The Dallas roster was loaded with undrafted and/or G League players, and Carlisle has been praised for the development of some of those younger players. Now it's time to replace projects with weapons.

    "Getting Rick ammunition is our No. 1 priority in the offseason," Nelson said. "We've got a great opportunity in the draft. Free agency as you know will be extremely active. There's trade fronts obviously that will be probed as well."


    There was no mention of center Nerlens Noel on the final day of interviews. Suspended the final five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program, Noel never developed into the post player Dallas envisioned after getting him at the trading deadline last season. After a lost season on a one-year deal as a restricted free agent, he hits the open market with little or no value.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Plan to Rebound]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:51:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DONNIE_NELSON_ON_MAVS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208694851541.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are experiencing some hard times. General Manager Donnie Nelson talks about the team and their plans to rebuild the organization.]]>
    <![CDATA[Carlisle Talks About the Mavericks Rough Season]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:50:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_MAVS_SEASON_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208682563859.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks finished the season with a 24-58 record. Coach Rick Carlisle talks about what the team needs to do going forward, how Dennis Smith Jr. can evolve into a leader for the club and what the organization is looking to in the draft.]]>
    <![CDATA[Dennis Smith Jr. Talks About his Successful Rookie Season]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:48:20 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DENNIS_SMITH_JR_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208674883734.jpg

    Dennis Smith Jr. took major strides in his rookie season, he talks about his 1st season and what he's looking forward to in his sophomore campaign.]]>
    <![CDATA[Harrison Barnes Looking Ahead to Next Season]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 17:46:25 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HARRISON_BARNES_ON_MAVS_SEASON_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208621635890.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes had another solid season despite the team missing the playoffs. He discusses what the team needs to do next season to get over the hump.]]>
    <![CDATA[Suns Top Mavs as Reserves Rule for Lottery Teams]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 21:59:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Alec Peters missed his last four shots after the Phoenix rookie had more than quadrupled his career high, at one point turning toward Dallas coach Rick Carlisle and saying, "I'm tired."

    It will be a night to remember anyway in a forgettable season for both teams.

    Peters scored 36 points, 28 more than his previous best, and the Suns beat the Mavericks 124-97 on Tuesday night in a reserve-filled finale for teams headed to the lottery.

    "I looked over at coach Carlisle and he was looking at me wide-eyed and I'm like, I'm exhausted right now," said Peters, who bounced back and forth from the G League most of the season. "I know I missed a layup at the end. I'm not going to fret over it too much. Cool night for sure."

    The Mavericks (24-58) entered the game tied for the third-worst record in the NBA and stayed that way while sitting eight players. That included star Dirk Nowitzki, whose 20th season ended last week when he had ankle surgery.

    Atlanta finished with the same record after losing at home to Philadelphia 121-113. Orlando can join the Mavericks and Hawks with a loss at home to Washington on Wednesday.

    Phoenix (21-61), which had already clinched the worst record and best lottery odds for the No. 1 pick in the draft in June, also didn't dress eight players. The Suns won for the second time in 19 games to wrap up their third straight season with at least 58 losses.

    Johnathan Motley led Dallas with 21 points.

    Peters, who had 46 points total in 19 previous games, was 8 of 13 from 3-point range. The Suns shot 76 percent in the second half while outscoring the Mavericks 80-43. It matched the most points the Mavericks have given up in a half.

    "We had trouble stopping Larry Bird, dressed up as Alec Peters," Carlisle said.


    Suns: The four players not already listed as out who sat were Devin Booker (right hand sprain), Troy Daniels (left ankle sprain), T.J. Warren (left knee inflammation) and Marquese Chriss (lower back/leg pain). ... Rookie Shaquille Harrison had his first NBA double-double with career highs of 18 points and 10 assists.

    Mavericks: The two players not already listed as out who didn't play were Doug McDermott (left elbow contusion) and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee soreness). Leading scorer Harrison Barnes was listed as rest.

    DIRK FOR 21

    Nowitzki revealed that he spent all season dealing with bone spurs in his left ankle that finally resulted in surgery last week. The German star has maintained that he planned to return next season, which would make him the first to play 21 seasons with the same franchise.

    The timing of the surgery was designed to give Nowitzki plenty of time to recover for his offseason regimen. He said he would spend about three weeks in the walking boot he wore in his meeting with reporters before the game.

    "I didn't miss a lot of games this year," said Nowitzki, who played 77 games, a record for a player in his 20th season. "I felt fine most of the time. I always said all year that I want to fulfill that two-year contract if possible. I saw nothing this year that was going to stop it."


    Suns: C Tyson Chandler could be attractive in an offseason trade with one year left on a contract that averages $13 million per season. He was a key piece of the Dallas championship in 2011, and returned in a trade with the New York Knicks three years later with one year left on a four-year contract. Chandler signed with the Suns when the Mavericks tried hard to lure DeAndre Jordan away from the Clippers. After initially agreeing to sign with Dallas, Jordan changed his mind and stayed in LA.

    Mavericks: They seem committed to keeping Barnes, who has two years left on a $94 million, four-year max deal he signed two years ago. The most likely piece in a trade would be G Wesley Matthews, who is going into the final year of a $70 million, four-year deal that got richer when Jordan backed out on the Mavs. While Matthews returned from a ruptured Achilles tendon much quicker than usual in his first season and was durable thereafter, he hasn't been the difference-making scorer Dallas needs.

    <![CDATA[Dirk Says He'll Return for 21st Season With the Mavs]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 16:43:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-talk-end-of-season-tuesday.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki says he'll return for a 21st season.

    Nowitzki made the announcement during his "end of season" interview at the American Airlines Center ahead of the team's final regular season game Tuesday evening.

    Nowitzki walked into the media room on crutches and sporting a big, gray boot -- the result of a procedure done April 5 called a surgical debridement that clears out unhealthy tissue.

    In Nowitzki's case the procedure was done on his left ankle. 

    Dirk confirmed Tuesday the injury will not keep him from playing next year and that he hopes owner Mark Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson are able to secure some key pieces in the upcoming NBA Draft.

    The Mavericks (24-57) wrap up the regular season Tuesday with a home game against the last place Phoenix Suns (20-61).

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Wings Only NTX Pro Team to Make Playoffs This Season]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 10:39:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Generic-Sports-1.jpg

    When it comes to North Texas professional sports teams, women ruled this season.

    The WNBA's Dallas Wings are the only local pro team to make the playoffs.

    That's right. Go Wings!

    The Wings 2017 record may have been 16-18, but they still made it to the first round of playoffs, losing to Washington 86-76.

    Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks will finish their season Tuesday night, with a 23-54 record at the moment.

    The Dallas Cowboys finished 9-7, watching division rival Philadelphia winning its first Super Bowl.

    And while the Texas Rangers rival Houston Astros won their first World Series, the Rangers finished 78-84 for their season.

    And in hockey, the Dallas Stars just wrapped their season with a record of 42-32-8.

    In soccer, FC Dallas finished seventh in the West in 2017 with a record of 11-10-13 -- this after coming in first in the conference the previous two seasons with appearances in the conference finals and semifinals in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

    Click here to read more about this story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs End Season With Shirts, Hats, Car Give-a-Way]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:05:18 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/mavs+5+miles+patch.JPG

    The Dallas Mavericks will host a FANtastic Finale to the 2017-2018 season Tuesday night during their final game of the year.

    The Mavs will take on the Suns at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. The fun begins 90 minutes before tip-off when the doors open at 6 p.m.

    First up, season ticket holders are invited to a pre-game happy hour at the EIGHTEEN|76 bar inside the arena. Each season ticket holder in attendance will receive a free Budweiser Mavs hat and a free 12 ounce Budweiser draft with choice of Mavs logo on the top of each beer.

    Join the Mavs for Mavs Q, the first live and in-app trivia game in the NBA. Radio host Jeff "Skin" Wade will shell out 12 questions in arena for a chance to win upgraded seats for the game, autographed merch and floor seats for a game during the 2018-2019 season. To play, fans should download the Mavs app. Trivia starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.


    • All fans in attendance will receive a free Mavs cap upon entry.
    • All fans in attendance will receive a special edition T-shirt featuring "Dallas For Dirk" courtesy of 5miles. The T-shirt was designed by local artists Reid Glaze and Hance Talpin in honor of Dirk's 20th Season with the Dallas Mavericks. Find more of their designs at thanksdirk.com.
    • Ten thousand fans in attendance will receive a Mavs team poster.
    • One lucky season ticket holder and one lucky fan will have a chance to win new car by participating in a half-court shot contest during half-time. Registration for participants closed at 3 p.m. Monday.
    • One lucky Mavs fan will take to the Mavs Hangar with one minute to grab as much gear as they can for free. The winner will be selected from a pool of fans that have connected to their Nike Mavs Jerseys via the Nike Connect app.
    • Twenty thousand Mavs trading card packs will be handed out at the doors.
    • Chris Arnold will give away two framed autographed pictures of Dennis Smith Jr. during the pre-game show and the game.
    • Ten thousand special edition Dirk Nowitzki cups will be given away in honor a Dirk-themed sandwich promotion.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[76ers Rout Mavericks, Win 14th in Row]]>Sun, 08 Apr 2018 13:43:37 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    J.J. Redick scored 18 points, and the surging Philadelphia 76ers matched a franchise record with their 14th consecutive victory, 109-97 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

    Ben Simmons added 16 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, and Robert Covington had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Two years after going 10-72, the Sixers (50-30) clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs and secured their first 50-win season since Allen Iverson's 2000-01 team, which lost in the Finals.

    The only other time the Sixers won 14 straight in a single season, Dr. J and Moses Malone delivered Philadelphia its last NBA title in 1983.

    Harrison Barnes scored 21 points on 9-of-25 shooting, and Dennis Smith Jr. added 20 points for the Mavericks, who have lost three straight and six of seven.

    The undermanned Mavs were no match for the Sixers, who won their sixth in a row without injured All-Star Joel Embiid and moved a game ahead of idle Cleveland for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with two games left.

    Philadelphia played a more up-tempo style without the 7-foot-2 Embiid, who is out until at least the start of the playoffs because of an orbital fracture in his left eye.

    Two days after an emotional win over Cleveland, Simmons keyed a 17-3 second-quarter run by assisting on Covington's consecutive 3-pointers before his twisting layup in traffic that made it 50-34.

    The Sixers led by 19 before Smith helped get the Mavs within four points late in the third quarter. But the Sixers quickly got the lead back to double figures early in the final quarter

    Dallas shot 11 of 40 from 3-point range in its final road game of the season.


    Mavericks: Barnes started 0 of 7 from the field and missed his first three free throws. ... Smith got a first-quarter technical foul for trash-talking Markelle Fultz after a driving layup. . Dallas finished 9-32 on the road.

    76ers: The 1982-83 Sixers won 14 straight from Dec. 21-Jan. 21. ... Philadelphia won 18 straight over two seasons in 1966. ... The Sixers last lost March 13 to Indiana. ... Fultz got almost all the backup minutes at point guard. T.J. McConnell didn't play until final minutes. ... Ersan Ilyasova had 11 points and 12 rebounds.


    Sixers coach Brett Brown said Embiid could resume conditioning and shooting as soon as Monday.


    The Mavericks ensured they will stay below Orlando and keep the fourth-worst record in the NBA. Only Atlanta, Memphis and Phoenix have poorer records.


    Mavericks: Season finale Tuesday night at home vs. Phoenix.

    76ers: Monday night at Atlanta.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Dirk Out, Has Ankle Surgery]]>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:43:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki's 20th season is over a few games early after the Dallas Mavericks star had surgery on his left ankle.

    The team said Thursday that Nowitzki underwent a procedure to clear out unhealthy tissue, called surgical debridement. It was performed at a Dallas medical clinic.

    The 39-year-old Nowitzki played his final game of the season at home against Portland on Tuesday. He has said he plans to return for a 21st season for the only NBA team he has ever played for.

    The 2007 NBA MVP and 2011 Finals MVP when Dallas won its only title, Nowitzki averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds in 77 games, a record for a player's 20th season.

    After games at Detroit and Philadelphia, the lottery-bound Mavericks finish the season at home Tuesday against Phoenix.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Jamel Artris Has Career-High 18, Magic Hold Off Mavs]]>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 21:52:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    The Orlando Magic finished off the depleted Dallas Mavericks with their G League players Wednesday night.

    Jamel Artis, Khem Birch and Rodney Purvis, players who spent most of the season playing for the NBA G League's Lakeland Magic, combined for 16 of Orlando's 28 points in the fourth quarter of a 105-100 victory.

    "It was a great experience for them," Magic coach Frank Vogel said. "For those guys to not only get overall minutes, but closing minutes in end-of-game situations, all those things are valuable for our young guys."

    Artis had 18 points for his second straight career high. He was coming off a 16-point game Tuesday night in a victory at New York.

    "I love the G League. The guys that were there, we built a family, built a bond," he said. "It's the experience that we went through. It's a path. Maybe I took the long way, but I still have a lot of work to do and I'm going to continue to build every day."

    Purvis, another undrafted rookie, hit two straight jumpers after the Mavericks had pulled to within three early in the fourth quarter.

    "It brings back a lot of memories and I hope we can be out here a lot more in the future," he said. "It's just good having that camaraderie . . . We just go out there and try to bring a lot of energy and play the game the right way."

    Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 20 points without playing in the fourth quarter. Gordon scored 16 points in the first quarter, leading the Magic to an early 14-point lead. Bismack Biyombo had 12 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high five assists.

    Jalen Jones led Dallas with 15 points. Johnathan Motley added 14 points and eight rebounds in his first NBA start, and Kyle Collinsworth came off the bench for 14 points and nine rebounds.

    The Mavericks, who have lost 12 of 15, listed seven players out with injuries including Dirk Nowitzki, the 19-year veteran who missed only his second game of the season.

    Point guard J.J. Berea, the only Maverick to start in Tuesday night's win and again Wednesday night, sat out the second half with an apparent oblique strain.

    "I'm making sure that nothing is wrong and it doesn't get worse," he said. "I'm going back to Dallas and make sure."

    Two straight dunks by Motley got Dallas back in the game in the second quarter and the Mavericks kept it close for the rest of the way. Dorian Finney-Smith missed an open 3-pointer that could have put Dallas ahead with just over two minutes left.


    The Mavericks went with four different starters after a win over Portland on Tuesday night. "It's the NBA and it's a dynamic league and things happen. They've got a lot of guys out, too," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. In their 79th game, the Mavericks started five players who had started a total of 22 games for them this season.


    Mavericks: Nowitzki, who played 25 minutes Tuesday night in a win over Portland, did not make the trip. "There'll be more information tomorrow," Carlisle said. "That's really all I'm authorized to say at this point." . . . G Dennis Smith (left knee) and F Harrison Barnes (rest) also sat out the game.

    Magic: C Nikola Vucevic (rest), F Jonathan Isaac (left ankle), G Jonathon Simmons (right wrist) and G Evan Fournier (left knee) did not play. . . . Isaac has missed 51 games in his rookie season.


    Mavericks: At Detroit on Friday night.

    Magic: Host Charlotte on Friday night.

    <![CDATA[Mavs eGaming Selects Artreyo "Dimez" Boyd as Draft Pick ]]>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 16:17:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_CEO_1_on_1_2018_03_03_22_02_23.jpg

    With the first ever pick in the NBA 2K League Draft, Mavs gaming announces their selection of Artreyo “Dimez” Boyd.

    Dimez, 23-years-old, grew up in Cleveland and has been playing NBA 2K since he was a young kid, using the competitive gaming as an outlet to stay away from negativity.

    He is part of one of the most dominant Pro/Am teams since the release of the game and not only qualified, but won last’s NBA All-Star 2K Tournament winning the grand prize of $250,000.

    After hearing that he was selected by Mavs Gaming, Dimez said, “Number 1 pick, baby! Can’t wait to get to Mavs Gaming, and start working, y’all! We know what time it is—we’re getting a championship, period. Nobody’s stopping us, let’s get ‘em!”

    For more updates, check out Twitter https://twitter.com/nbc5stevewright. For official NBA 2K League Content, visit NBA Media Central https://mediacentral.nba.com/.

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    <![CDATA[Smith highlight helps Mavs top playoff-bound Blazers]]>Tue, 03 Apr 2018 21:25:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Dennis Smith Jr. scored 18 points, including a highlight-reel dunk to help keep the lottery-bound Dallas Mavericks ahead in a 115-109 win over Portland on Tuesday night, delaying for now the Trail Blazers' hopes of clinching home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

    A hodge-podge lineup kept the Mavericks in front in the fourth quarter, with Maxi Kleber giving them their biggest lead at 104-94 on a 3-pointer with 3:13 remaining.

    But Smith, the rookie first-round pick Dallas hopes to build its future around, was back on the floor with the Blazers trailing by six when he beat Damian Lillard to a loose ball , poked it past the star Portland guard, ran it down and bounced it one more time before leaping for the slam.

    Smith, who had another layup to push the lead back to seven in the final minute, also led the Mavericks with eight assists and tied Kleber for the team high in rebounds with eight. Kleber scored nine points.

    Lillard scored 29 for the Blazers, who could have clinched home court for the first time in five straight playoff appearances under coach Terry Stotts with a win and losses by Oklahoma City and Utah. Portland qualified for the playoffs with Sunday's win over Memphis.

    Harrison Barnes, J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell scored 15 apiece as the Mavericks avoided getting swept by Portland in a season series for the first time since 1998-99.

    CJ McCollum scored 16, but he and Lillard combined to go 2 of 15 from 3-point range as the Blazers shot 25 percent (10 of 40) from behind the arc. Jusuf Nurkic had 15 points and 13 rebounds.


    Trail Blazers: G Shabazz Napier, the Final Four most outstanding player when Connecticut won the NCAA title at the home of the Dallas Cowboys four years ago, was 4 of 4 from 3 and had 13 points. ... Lillard has scored at least 25 points in nine of his past 10 games against Dallas. ... Nurkic had his team-leading 24th double-double of the season.

    Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki missed his first five 3-point tries but finished 3 of 10 and had 14 points. ... Dwight Powell was the sixth player in double figures with 12 points. ... Dallas went without a turnover in the second and third quarters and finished with seven.


    Dallas center Nerlens Noel was suspended for the final five games of the season for violating the NBA's anti-drug program. The suspension ended a lost season when Noel was hoping to showcase himself after failed negotiations in the offseason ended with him taking the team's qualifying offer of just $4.1 million for one season as a restricted free agent. The Mavericks acquired him at the trading deadline last season.

    Noel appeared to fall out of favor with coach Rick Carlisle early this season before the announcement that he was having surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. But Carlisle praised him before the game, saying his respect for Noel went up when the 23-year-old came to his coach after a game in Sacramento last week to tell him about the looming suspension.

    "He was contrite," Carlisle said. "What I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt is this guy has been a terrific guy to be around."

    Noel played just 30 games, averaging 4.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 16 minutes in his fourth season. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.



    Trail Blazers: At NBA-leading Houston on Thursday.

    Mavericks: Start of three-game road trip Wednesday at Orlando.

    <![CDATA[Mavs' Noel Gets 5-Game Drug Suspension From NBA]]>Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:16:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/194*120/GettyImages-6454053361.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel and Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha have been suspended five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.

    The league announced the suspensions Tuesday. Noel's ban will cover the final five games of the season for the lottery-bound Mavericks, starting Tuesday night against Portland.

    Sefolosha had surgery on the MCL in his right knee in January and hasn't returned. His suspension will begin in the next regular-season or playoff game when he is eligible and physically able to play.

    Noel's suspension ends a lost season for a player trying to earn a long-term contract after failed negotiations last offseason resulted in him signing the team's qualifying offer of just $4.1 million for one year.

    Noel played just 30 games, with most of the missed time coming after surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb in December. He averaged 4.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 16 minutes a game in his fourth season in the league.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Cavaliers Struggle Before Beating Mavericks, 98-87]]>Sun, 01 Apr 2018 18:57:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    LeBron James struggled before extending his record double-digit scoring streak to 868 games and the Cleveland Cavaliers had a rough time with Dallas before putting away the lottery-bound Mavericks 98-87 on Sunday night.

    James, who broke Michael Jordan's NBA mark for consecutive games with at least 10 points on Friday night, didn't reach 10 until 7:59 remained. He finished just 5 of 21 from the field but made a pair of 3-pointers as the Cavs finally pulled away with a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter.

    Harrison Barnes scored 30 points to lead Dallas, which has dropped eight of nine. Dirk Nowitzki scored nine points in possibly the 39-year-old's final career game in Cleveland.

    The Cavs were in danger of sliding into fifth place behind Philadelphia and Indiana before waking up in the fourth quarter. They trailed 81-79 before going on an 11-0 run that was capped by a 3 from James, who spent part of Saturday night on stage with pop superstar Justin Timberlake.

    Nowitzki was questionable with an ankle issue but started his 76th game this season, a credit to his durability and dedication. "He's another guy that's just so extremely meticulous with his approach," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He changed his diet about 12 years ago or 13 years ago and went to very specific kinds of foods. Drinking a lot of water. There's a level of consistency there that is amazing."

    Nowitzki and James are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, on the NBA's career scoring list. And while they're among the greatest players of this generation, Carlisle says they resemble players of yesteryear.

    "The thing you love to see is a guy like LeBron James and a guy like Dirk that are new-age athletes from the standpoint of just an amazing level of skill, commitment, all kind of stuff, but old school in their approach and particularly old school in their appreciation for the Oscars and the Russells and the Chamberlains and the Wests and those kind of guys. That's extremely special."

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Towns, Crawford Help Wolves Edge Mavs ]]>Fri, 30 Mar 2018 22:34:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    Karl-Anthony Towns was ready to set the pick to free Jamal Crawford for the game-clinching shot.

    Crawford waved him off and made the shot anyway.

    Towns had 21 points and 20 rebounds, Crawford scored 24 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Dallas Mavericks 93-92 on Friday night to gain ground in the tight Western Conference playoff race.

    Crawford scored 13 in the fourth quarter, none bigger than his 17-footer with 9.6 seconds left to put his team up by four.

    "That was a cold-blooded shot," Towns said. "That was one of the coldest shots I've ever seen. There was more than adequate time to set a pick, but when you're in a zone like that . it was his gym tonight."

    After Minnesota shot just 34 percent in the first half and trailed until midway through the third quarter, Crawford hit three consecutive shots, including a 3, over a 1:14 stretch of the fourth quarter to give Minnesota a 74-68 lead. Nemanja Bjelica, scoreless for the first three quarters, hit two 3s to extend it to 85-73.

    The Mavericks got within 91-89 on the second of consecutive layups by Dennis Smith Jr. off a steal with 28.3 seconds to play, before Crawford posted up the smaller Yogi Ferrell and drained his jumper.

    "(Coach Tom Thibodeau) and those guys put me in great situations," Crawford said. "I had the easy part, just making shots."

    Ferrell hit a 3 with 1.3 seconds left, but the Mavericks were not over the limit in fouls and could not foul the Wolves twice in the remaining time.

    Harrison Barnes had 19 points, and Smith had 17 for Dallas, which is using its remaining games to build lineups around its two young stars.

    "I feel like the more I learn to play with H that would be better for the future, so we're trying to build that chemistry as soon as possible," Smith said.

    Minnesota entered the night in seventh place in the bunched-up Western Conference but moved into fifth with losses by Oklahoma City and New Orleans. Just three games separated fourth place from 10th in the West.

    After trailing by as many as nine in the first half, the Wolves scored five points in the final 2.3 seconds of the half to get within 46-44 at the break. Crawford hit a 3-pointer off Towns' offensive rebound, and then Towns scored just before the buzzer after Dallas' Maxi Kleber inbounded the ball right to him.

    "We made some hustle plays at the end of the half," Thibodeau said. "A hustle play can trigger a run, and I thought that gave us good life coming out (after halftime)."


    Wolves guard Jimmy Butler made the trip to Dallas and has been cleared for contact drills, using a brace on his right knee.

    "He had a good workout, did the shoot-around and stayed and played after," Thibodeau said. "He's been diligent with the rehab, going twice a day. He went through the non-contact great, didn't have any problems. This was the next step."

    Thibodeau didn't put a timeline on Butler's return. Butler had meniscus surgery on Feb. 25, and Minnesota is now 8-7 in the games he has missed.

    While Butler did not talk to reporters, he stood by Crawford's side in the locker room and commented on some of his teammate's statements.

    One example: When Crawford praised Butler for being a virtual coach on the sidelines as he recovers from his injury, Butler chimed in: "Jimmy gets on my nerves all the time."


    Timberwolves: Wolves assistant coach Rick Brunson will stay in Texas to watch his son Jalen lead Villanova in the NCAA national semifinals against Kansas on Saturday in San Antonio. ... The Wolves swept the season series from the Mavs, 4-0. ... The Wolves play seventh-place Utah on Sunday and play 10th-place Denver twice over their final five games.

    Mavericks: Nowitzki set an NBA record by playing in his 75th game this season, the most by a player in his 20th season in the league. ... G J.J. Barea sat out for personal reasons.


    Timberwolves: Host Utah on Sunday.

    Mavericks: At Cleveland on Sunday. Dallas plays four of its final six on the road.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Dallas Middle School Student’s Business Pitch Impresses Cuban]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:51:47 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark_cuban_sports.jpg

    At a middle school entrepreneurial pitch competition in Dallas, Josiah Benson’s request for help for his charitable organization impressed the panel of judges, including Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.]]>
    <![CDATA[Dwight Howard has 23 Rebounds, Hornets Hold off Mavs]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 21:45:55 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Dwight Howard had 23 rebounds and 18 points to cap an eventful four days and the Charlotte Hornets held off the Dallas Mavericks 102-98 on Saturday night for their third straight victory.

    Howard had a career-high 30 rebounds and scored 32 points against Brooklyn on Wednesday night, then served a one-game suspension for his 16th technical foul of the season as Charlotte beat Memphis 140-79 on Thursday night.

    Charlotte led by as many as 15 points, but Dallas cut it to 87-86 on two of Yogi Ferrell's 11 fourth-quarter points.

    The Mavericks had a chance to win after rebounding a miss by Charlotte's Jeremy Lamb, but Kemba Walker stole the ball from Dennis Smith Jr. and Dallas had to foul Marvin Williams with five seconds left. He made both free throws.

    Dallas has lost five games in a row.

    Walker scored 24 points, and Smith led the Mavericks with 21.

    Lamb had 14 points, and Malik Monk scored 11 for the Hornets.

    Dallas' Harrison Barnes scored 18 points, Ferrell finished with 16, Doug McDermott had 14 and J.J. Barea added 10. Nerlens Noel had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

    After three quarters, the Hornets had a 79-70 lead.

    Dallas led 27-22 after the first quarter, but the Hornets came back to tie the score 30-30 on a 3-point shot by Frank Kaminsky. A 17-7 run capped by Malik Monk's 3-pointer gave Charlotte a 47-37 lead. Dallas reduced the margin to six points, 54-48, at halftime.

    Monk scored eight points in the second quarter, and Kaminsky had seven.


    Hornets: Howard's double-double was his 45th this season. He leads active players with 711 career double-doubles. ... Lamb, an 86 percent free throw shooter, missed both attempts with 2:29 left in the first half.

    Mavericks: Smith returned after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle. ... Harrison Barnes' nine first-half points all came on three 3-pointers in a 2:15 span in the first quarter. Dallas went from trailing 10-9 to a 20-13 lead during that spurt.


    Hornets: Host New York on Monday night.

    Mavericks: At Sacramento on Tuesday night.

    <![CDATA[Veteran Dirk Nowitzki Can't Be Fooled]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:07:21 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    After 20 years in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki can't be fooled.

    He knows when teams aren't giving an honest effort, when they are out there playing but not playing to win.

    "It's pretty obvious," Nowitzki said.

    Easy to spot, the NBA is finding tanking not so easy to stop.

    It's a problem for the league office, which has fined owners, chastised teams and sent out league-wide memos on the topic. And with big brother watching, teams are abiding by the letter of the law, but arguably not the spirit of its intent.

    Tanking is viewed as a solution -- sometimes the only one -- for some teams and their fans, hoping something good can come from being bad if they cash in at the lottery and land a top draft pick.

    Nearly a third of the 30 NBA teams are brutally bad this season and it's hard to believe some aren't losing on purpose. Phoenix, Memphis, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, Sacramento, Brooklyn, Chicago and New York should all lose 50 or more games, and only the Nets aren't motivated to lose -- they don't own their first-round pick.

    Everyone else comes under suspicion when something strange happens:

    -- What was leading scorer Dennis Schroder doing on the bench for the entire fourth quarter of Atlanta's one-point victory over Phoenix on March 4?

    -- Why did Tyreke Evans foul Chicago rookie Antonio Blakeney attempting a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left and Memphis leading Chicago by one?

    -- Are some of these guys on injury lists really hurt?

    New York hosted its own version of March Badness over the last week, with the Knicks and Nets both playing Nowitzki's Mavericks, before Memphis and Chicago came to the city on the same sad Monday. That's five of the nine bottom teams -- including the only two known to have been contacted by the league office because of their tactics.

    Here's how it looks where currently winning really doesn't seem to be everything:



    Tanking is a discussion for fans and media. Nobody from a team ever dares talk about losing on purpose.

    Except Mark Cuban.

    When the Dallas owner went on Hall of Famer Julius Erving's podcast in February and said he told his players that "losing is our best option," the league fined him $600,000 for "public statements detrimental to the NBA."

    That put a spotlight on the Mavericks. So if they were planning on packing it in and trying to add more young legs in the draft for Nowitzki's expected swan song, they had to change plans.

    "Well, I think Mark messed that up for us," Nowitzki said, with a straight face.

    They went on a recent stretch of three wins in four games -- two were against the Grizzlies and Knicks -- and Nowitzki insists teams are still tanking despite the league's mandate.

    "There's obviously some teams that are going for some losses now, and we're one of the teams that still wants to win and we'll see where we end up at the end in the draft," he said. "But we're still playing. We want to have a winning culture for our young guys."



    If the Knicks are tanking, they are being out-tanked.

    New York went 1-16 in a recent 17-game stretch, managing only to beat fellow lottery-bound Orlando, in a freefall that should've been able to take the Knicks close to the bottom. Instead, they remarkably remain the best of the worst, remaining ahead of the other eight in the standings -- which means, behind them in lottery odds.

    With Kristaps Porzingis lost to a torn ACL last month and Carmelo Anthony traded in the offseason, the Knicks don't have the talent to win often. But coach Jeff Hornacek believes there's a reason the other bad teams can't win, either.

    "The top teams are always there but I think that middle group, teams that are seeded in the playoffs 7, 8, guys that are just outside that, those are some pretty good teams nowadays," Hornacek said. "So if you are one of those bottom teams, you used to be able to beat those teams occasionally. Now it's tough to beat those guys, too."



    Chicago came to New York on Monday night without Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn, its three top scorers. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said they were all hurt, and people down the street at the league office were likely wondering.

    When the Bulls stopped playing starters Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday earlier this season, the league reminded them of the new resting rules, which allow Commissioner Adam Silver to fine teams who sit multiple healthy starters in road games.

    So the Bulls started playing Lopez and Holiday again -- sort of.

    They went the whole first quarter at Detroit on March 9, combining for 15 points as the Bulls led by five. Neither got off the bench again, and the Pistons outscored them by 21 the rest of the way.

    But Hoiberg wasn't worried about creating any further trouble by playing without the three players acquired in the Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota last summer. He insists they were injured.

    "When they're ready to go," Hoiberg said, "they're going to be back out there playing again."



    A matchup of 24-45 vs. 25-45 is often one to avoid, but longtime Chicago fan Louis Rodriguez was thrilled to catch Bulls-Knicks. He's just not used to seeing his favorite team attempt to lose.

    "The Bulls franchise is a legendary franchise and it won't be the last time we see them No. 1," he said.

    Dressed in his Bulls shirt and red hat, he came from Naugatuck, Connecticut, with his step-sister Shannon Bahme, who was wearing a Knicks shirt.

    The Knicks have been losing for years, so it's easier for their fans to accept being bad. Some remember three years ago, when back-to-back victories in the final week of a 17-win season knocked them out of pole position in the lottery. Minnesota beat them by a game for the worst record, then won the lottery and the right to draft All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns.

    So are the Knicks tanking?

    "I think they're losing on purpose," Bahme said. "They've got to be. I mean, you can't play that bad. Hornacek ... just puts in people that do not belong in."



    Tyreke Evans is Memphis' leading scorer, a former rookie of the year who has recovered from injuries to regain his old form.

    Yet Monday, the Grizzlies sat him out for longer looks at Andrew Harrison and Briante Weber. Oh, and Marc Gasol was also out with the flu.

    Coaches argue that's not tanking, but merely development and evaluation of younger players. Harrison took a contested 3-pointer for a final shot that wasn't close in a 118-115 loss to Brooklyn.

    He took the blame, but coach J.B. Bickerstaff indicated he'll get more chances.

    "It's learning how to win. And consistency and learning how to win are the two hardest things to develop in this league," he said. "So the only way you learn is through experience in these situations."

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Davis Leads Pelicans Past Mavericks]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2018 22:26:06 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    The moment Anthony Davis initiated a spin move to create separation in the paint between him and Mavericks center Nerlens Noel, Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo sent a lob from the left wing to the far side of the rim.

    Davis located the ball as he sprang upward, corralled it with one hand high above his head and slammed it through as fans rose to their feet and howled, clearly enthralled by the latest spectacle to which they'd been treated by their 6-foot-10, five-time All-Star.

    "I don't know how I did that," Davis said. "It just happens. Me and Rondo got a good chemistry with that. We've got some code words that we use when we want to try to look for it and I told him just throw it."

    Davis and Rondo were certainly speaking the same language against Dallas.

    Davis scored 37 points on 15-of-21 shooting, Rondo had 19 points and 14 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame the absence of Jrue Holiday to beat the Mavericks 115-105 on Tuesday night.

    Rondo "just makes the game a lot easier for me, honestly, so I don't really have to force shots," said Davis, whose baskets included five layups and four dunks. "I go out there and I just play."

    Davis created his own shots, too. He hit a couple 3s, fadeaways and floaters in the type of dynamic, prolific performance the Pelicans have come to expect.

    "You look up he has 15 (points), a few minutes go by, he has 20, 24, by the end of the night he's pushing 40," Pelicans forward Solomon Hill said.

    Ian Clark added 19 points for the Pelicans, who are in a tight, seven-team race for one of the final five Western Conference playoff spots. Cheick Diallo had his second straight game scoring in double figures to go with 14 rebounds for New Orleans, which pulled a game behind Oklahoma City for the fourth seed in the West after the Thunder's loss to Boston.

    Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes each scored 19 for the Mavericks, who've lost three straight. Yogi Ferrell added 18 points for Dallas, which kept the game competitive most of the way despite being out of playoff contention and without guard Dennis Smith Jr.

    "We played hard, you know? We had some breakdowns defensively, but they are a very good offensive team," Mavs coach rick Carlisle said. "This is one of the better teams in the West in recent weeks and we were right there with them on the road."

    The Mavs did not trail by more than eight points until Rondo's step-back jumper made it 112-103 with 1:45 left. Dallas even led late in the third quarter when Ferrell's 18-footer made it 80-77, but Davis tied it with a 3 at the horn.

    Dallas was still as close 106-103 after J.J. Barea's floater with 2:52 left, but the Pelicans scored the next six points, highlighted Rondo's lob to Davis for another alley-oop dunk.

    The Mavericks led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter after a 14-2 run. New Orleans rallied to take the lead before halftime, however, thanks to a 15-2 run that began with Larry Drew's 3 and featured 10 points by Davis and the Pelicans led 54-52 at halftime after Diallo's jumper.


    Mavericks: Smith was sitting out his 10th game this season and first since spraining his left ankle during a loss at Brooklyn on Saturday night. His absence meant Dallas was missing 15 points per game for the season, and 20 points per game in three meetings with New Orleans. ... Barea finished with 10 points.

    Pelicans: Shot 52.7 percent (48 of 91) as a team. ... Holiday was sitting out his first game this season. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he was hoping for a quick recovery for Holiday, who averages 19 points and whose illness came as the Pelicans began a string of three games in five nights. ... Hill started but played only 11 minutes in his second game this season after rehabilitating from a torn hamstring. He said he feels good and hopes to play more in the coming nights.


    The Pelicans are looking increasingly to Clark as a scoring option recently. Acquired last offseason in free agency, he had a slow start in New Orleans, but has averaged 14.3 points in a reserve role during his past six games.

    "Really confident. These guys in this locker room, they give me the most confidence. They've been telling me to play my game and be aggressive. That's what I'm trying to do," Clark said. "It was just me being more comfortable."


    Mavericks: Host Utah on Thursday night.

    Pelicans: Host Indiana on Wednesday night.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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    <![CDATA[Nets Blow Double-Digit Lead, Still Beat Mavs]]>Sat, 17 Mar 2018 21:58:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 23 points, D'Angelo Russell had 22 and the Brooklyn Nets recovered after blowing a double-digit lead to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-106 on Saturday night.

    DeMarre Carroll had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Caris LeVert and Joe Harris each chipped in 11 points for the Nets, who snapped a three-game skid.

    Dallas rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 21 points but left with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter after spraining his left ankle. Dwight Powell had 18 points and reserve Yogi Ferrell had 12 points and 12 assists for the Mavericks, who dressed only 10 players.

    Dallas was also sluggish early after losing in overtime Friday night at Toronto. The Nets took advantage, jumping to an 11-0 lead in the first quarter.

    Brooklyn led by 14 points before the Mavericks recovered late in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 59-56 with 9-2 run to end the half.

    Smith gave Dallas its first lead of the game in the third quarter with 8:06 remaining, stripping the ball from Russell and dunking to cap an 8-2 run that put the Mavericks ahead 70-68. Dirk Nowitzki later hit a 3 and Smith followed with a pull-up jumper to put the Mavs up 80-70 with 5:36 left before Brooklyn charged back.


    Nowitzki played in his 1,463rd game, moving past Kevin Garnett into fifth place in the NBA career list. The 39-year-old Nowitzki, who last summer signed on for two more years with the Mavericks, also played Friday night in Toronto and has played in 10 back-to-back sets this season.


    Mavericks: Veteran guard J.J. Barea was inactive due to a left rib muscle strain. Forwards Nerlens Noel and Harrison Barnes were held out to rest.

    Nets: Guard Allen Crabbe (illness) was ruled out. He was replaced in the starting five by reserve Joe Harris. ... Have eclipsed 30 points in the first quarter of their last three games. ... F Dante Cunningham was held out due to a concussion he suffered Friday night in Philadelphia.


    Mavericks: Close out their four-game trip at New Orleans on Tuesday.

    Nets: Host Memphis on Monday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Barnes Scores 30, Mavs Hand Knicks Eighth Straight Loss]]>Tue, 13 Mar 2018 20:27:16 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Harrison Barnes scored 30 points and the Dallas Mavericks turned around the game in the third quarter on their way to a 110-97 victory Tuesday night over the New York Knicks, who lost their eighth straight game.

    Dallas couldn't stop New York early, and then dominated the second half to win for the third time in four games, with only a loss to NBA-leading Houston in that stretch.

    Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. added 17 points for the Mavs and Dirk Nowitzki had 13. Yogi Ferrell finished with 10, but eight came during a game-changing 14-0 run in the third quarter.

    Michael Beasley scored 21 and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks, who got a visit from Kristaps Porzingis before the game and then showed again that they have no hope of winning without him. They lost for the 16th time in 17 games, most coming since their All-Star forward tore his left ACL on Feb. 6.

    This one looked as if it could be different when the Knicks made 17 of their first 24 shots against a defenseless Dallas defense. But the Mavs made enough shots of their own to stay in the game, then surged ahead after halftime.

    It was tied at 64 before Barnes scored on a follow shot to start the 14-0 spurt that included two 3-pointers and another basket by Ferrell.

    Dallas outscored New York 26-12 in the third.

    New York closed within four in the fourth quarter as Trey Burke led a rally, but Smith made a 3-pointer and Barnes followed with four straight points to put it away.


    Mavericks: Dorian Finney-Smith started after sitting out against Houston while continuing his recovery from left quadriceps tendinitis.

    Knicks: Enes Kanter (back spasms) and Lance Thomas (sprained right thumb) were back in the starting lineup. ... The Knicks signed F Troy Williams for the rest of the season after the expiration of his second 10-day contract. Williams averaged 8.1 points in eight games after signing the initial contract on Feb. 21.


    Porzingis said Tuesday there is no timetable for his return from his knee injury, which will keep him out the remainder of this season and at least some of the next. The All-Star forward was hurt upon landing after a dunk against Milwaukee on Feb. 6. The 7-foot-3 forward said there was sharp pain when the injury happened, but that he quickly felt better and thought he'd be able to go back into the game. But doctors sent him for testing, which revealed the tear.

    "I was shocked at first. I couldn't believe that it happened to me, and then about 30 seconds later I said, `OK, what can I do now?"' Porzingis said. "Now it's just time for me to make a comeback and then I focused on the next thing, and that was prepare myself for the surgery."


    The Mavericks won the lottery Tuesday for the first pick in the inaugural NBA 2K League draft. Mavs Gaming will select first in the April 4 draft at Madison Square Garden, followed by Celtics Crossover Gaming and Jazz Gaming. Knicks Gaming will select ninth in the 17-team esports league.


    Mavericks: Visit Toronto on Friday.

    Knicks: Host Philadelphia on Thursday.

    <![CDATA[Gordon, Paul Lead Harden-Less Rockets Past Mavericks]]>Sun, 11 Mar 2018 19:58:27 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets, playing without James Harden, beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-82 on Sunday night.

    The Rockets rested Harden because of a sore left knee, but had plenty of 3-point shooting even without their MVP candidate.

    Houston, which had its 17-game win streak snapped Friday in Toronto, broke the game open in the third quarter by hitting their first six 3s of the period amid a 22-10 run. The Rockets finished 17-for-45 from beyond the arc.

    Paul either scored or assisted on the first 20 points of the quarter and finished the quarter with 12 points and five assists as Houston outscored Dallas 32-16.

    The Rockets moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Golden State for the best record in the NBA after the Warriors lost to Minnesota earlier Sunday. Houston also holds the tiebreaker on Golden State should the teams finish with identical records.

    Houston swept the four-game season series from the Mavericks for the second year in a row. The Mavericks' last win over the Rockets came in the final week of the 2015-16 season, the last time Dallas made the playoffs and the last time Houston did not.

    Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 20 points, one short of his career high, on 9-of-11 shooting. Harrison Barnes added 14.

    Houston went on an early 14-0 run behind eight points from Gordon to go up 17-3. The Mavericks came back, taking their first lead at 38-37 on Smith's lay-up with 4:31 left in the second quarter.

    Dallas led by six with two minutes left in the half, but the Rockets scored eight of the last nine points to go up 48-47 at the break.


    Rockets: Coach Mike D'Antoni said Harden should be available Monday against San Antonio. The Rockets are 5-3 without him in the lineup. ... Houston used its 13th different starting lineup of the year. ... D'Antoni was on hand in nearby Frisco, Texas, to watch his alma mater Marshall, coached by his brother Dan, win the Conference USA Tournament final Saturday. The Thundering Herd beat Western Kentucky 67-66 for their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1987.

    Mavericks: Barea assisted on nine of the Mavericks' first 10 field goals. ... Dallas signed F Jameel Warney to a 10-day contract. Warney has averaged 20 points in 40 games for the Mavericks' G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends. Warney entered in the fourth quarter and scored five points. ... Dorian Finney-Smith, who played Saturday after missing 51 with a quadriceps injury, sat out Sunday. Wesley Matthews and Salah Mejri also sat out for the Mavericks.


    Rockets: Host the Spurs on Monday for the second half of a back-to-back.

    Mavericks: Start a four-game road trip Tuesday at the Knicks. Dallas plays 10 of its final 15 on the road.

    <![CDATA[Grizzlies Drop 17th Straight as Mavericks Roll to Win]]>Sat, 10 Mar 2018 22:03:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat Memphis 114-80 on Saturday night, extending the Grizzlies' losing streak to 17 games.

    The Grizzlies (18-48), who have the longest losing streak in the NBA this season and the league's worst record, trailed by 26 points after shooting 26 percent in the first half and didn't lead after the 9:20 mark of the first quarter.

    The only longer losing streaks in franchise history were skids of 23 and 19 games in the expansion season of 1995-96 in Vancouver. It's the longest losing streak in Memphis pro basketball history.

    The Mavericks (21-45), also among the NBA's worst teams, allowed their fewest points in any half this season while building a 56-30 halftime lead on the way to their largest margin of victory this season. Barnes had 14 points in the first half, 10 of them on 11 free throws.

    J.J. Barea scored 20 for Dallas, and Doug McDermott also had 20 for his highest total since coming to the Mavericks at the trading deadline.

    Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 17 points, and JaMychal Green had 14 points and 10 rebounds.


    Grizzlies: F Chandler Parsons still gets booed every time he touches the ball in Dallas. He took a maximum offer from the Grizzlies in the summer of 2016 coming off his second knee injury in as many seasons with the Mavericks, who hoped to sign him for less. Parsons scored nine points in 15 minutes. ... The road losing streak is at 14 games. Memphis hasn't won away from home in 2018.

    Mavericks: F Dorian Finney-Smith played for the first time since Nov. 12, had seven points in 18 minutes. He missed 51 straight games with left knee quadriceps tendinitis and has missed 57 games overall. ... C Salah Mejri limped to the locker room grabbing his right leg in the first quarter after the leg got caught under Memphis C Deyonta Davis as both went to the floor. He didn't return, with the injury listed as a right hamstring strain.


    Centers Marc Gasol of Memphis and Nerlens Noel of Dallas didn't play, with rest listed as the reason. The Mavericks also sat point guard Dennis Smith Jr. because of a left knee issue that also sidelined him the second and third games of his rookie season.

    It's the same knee Smith had surgically repaired after a ligament tear in high school. He accelerated the rehab so he could play his only season at North Carolina State. Coach Rick Carlisle said he anticipated Smith would play Sunday against Houston.


    Gasol has expressed frustration at times this season, particularly when he hasn't played in the fourth quarter. When it happened recently at Chicago, he left without talking to reporters.

    "Having not experienced something like this before, it's difficult," coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "He's beginning to understand that he is a mentor to these younger guys now and he's helping them. He's teaching them. He's leading them. He's trying to show them how to play the game the right way."


    Grizzlies: Open three-game homestand Monday against Milwaukee.

    Mavericks: Finish four-game homestand and back-to-back against Houston on Sunday.

    <![CDATA[Carlisle Impressed With How Noel Is Progressing]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:45:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_NOEL_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1181999683569.jpg

    It's been a tough season for Mavericks Center Nerlens Noel. Rick Carlisle talks about how Noel is progressing and his plans for him the rest of the season.]]>
    <![CDATA[Dirk Looking Forward To Facing Memphis]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 17:41:59 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks take on the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday. Dirk Nowitzki talks about the challenge of facing the Grizzlies and how they can build off their win against the Nuggets.

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Preview: Dirk's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game]]>Fri, 08 Jun 2018 07:12:12 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney-Rogers-060318.jpg

    Dirk Nowitzki's annual celebrity baseball game is on Friday, but the Mavericks' veteran says he might not headline the contest after he retires. NBC 5's Pat Doney and 105.3 The Fan's Ben Rogers wonder which local athlete could take the reigns from Dirk.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 Sports]]>
    <![CDATA[Carlisle Looking at the Big Picture While Struggling to Win Games]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:25:38 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_STRUGGLES_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1180961347663.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks are turning over the team with young players in the lineup. Coach Rick Carlisle talks about the challenges of staying focused while taking losing.]]>
    <![CDATA[Rick Carlisle Stands By Mark Cuban]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:23:14 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_CUBAN_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1180958275552.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle tells why he's standing by Mark Cuban despite a past sexual assault allegation.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Gaming GM Suspended for Racist Tweet]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 06:37:04 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    The Mavericks' front-office problems continued to grow on Wednesday when they suspended their general manager of Mavs Gaming, Roger Caneda, after a racist tweet from 2016 was uncovered, a source said.

    There were further unconfirmed reports of more controversial comments on Twitter in 2017, although the source said it was uncertain whether Caneda's account had been hacked at that point.

    Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

    <![CDATA[NBA Reviewing Sexual Assault Allegations Against Mark Cuban]]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 23:15:05 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark+Cuban3.jpg

    The NBA says it is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.

    League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter after the Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman's claim that Cuban reached inside her pants and penetrated her vagina with his finger while they were taking a picture in a Portland nightclub.

    In an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Cuban wrote, "It didn't happen."

    Cuban also provided a prosecutors' report detailing the decision not to file charges.

    Prosecutors wrote that "there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant's statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim." The report also said the woman didn't want to proceed with the allegation.

    The report Tuesday came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks and included claims of inappropriate sexual conduct by former CEO Terdema Ussery. While Cuban wasn't implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Ferrell, Nowitzki Lead Mavericks to Win Over Nuggets]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 22:14:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

    Yogi Ferrell rode hot 3-point shooting to a season-high 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki also was strong from long range to score 17 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets 118-107 on Tuesday night.

    Ferrell and Nowitzki both made their first five 3s, and Ferrell finished 9 of 11 from the field to help one of the NBA's worst teams hand the Nuggets a loss they didn't need in the tight Western Conference playoff race.

    A second-year guard who came to Dallas on a 10-day contract last season, Ferrell finished 6 of 7 from long range. The 39-year-old Nowitzki, in his 20th season, all with the Mavericks, was 5 of 7.

    Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and a career-high 11 assists as the Mavericks won for just the second time in nine games.

    Wilson Chandler scored 21 points for the Nuggets, who couldn't follow up a win at Cleveland with a chance to sweep a three-game road trip. Dallas split the season series with Denver, with both teams winning both home games.

    The Mavericks shot 56 percent from 3 (15 of 27) while Denver was at 31 percent (11 of 36) after making 19 of 35 in the win over the Cavaliers.

    Nerlens Noel had a season-high 15 rebounds for Dallas, his only other game in double digits since the opener. He missed 42 games after surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb.


    Nuggets: Nikola Jokic, who had 29 points and 18 rebounds in one of the wins over Dallas in Denver, had four points and nine boards. He was 0 of 4 from 3, including a couple of forced shots from behind the arc in the third quarter. ... Will Barton had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

    Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews missed his second straight game with a left hip injury. ... Doug McDermott and Harrison Barnes had 15 points apiece, and Dwight Powell scored 14.


    Devin Harris played the Mavericks for the first time since a trade deadline deal that sent him to the Nuggets. After waving to the crowd following a video tribute late in the first quarter, Harris entered the game for the first time. He reached 10,000 points for his career in the first half and finished with seven points.

    The 14th-year guard started his career with the Mavericks, who traded for him in the fifth spot in the 2004 draft. The Mavs traded him to the Nets to re-acquire Jason Kidd in 2008, and he was sent to Utah in 2011. Harris spent one year in Atlanta before returning to Dallas in 2013.


    The Mavericks became the 21st team with a jersey sponsor when they announced a three-year deal with Dallas-based online marketplace 5miles. The LA Clippers were the 20th team with an announcement earlier in the day on a deal with the online dating site bumble.


    Nuggets: Host the Cavaliers on Wednesday. The Nuggets play LeBron James and company after winning 126-117 on Saturday in Cleveland.

    Mavericks: Three days off before another home game against Memphis on Saturday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks Partner With Dallas-Based App '5 Miles']]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 04:07:31 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/mavs+5+miles.JPG

    The Dallas Mavericks announced a new partnership on Tuesday at the American Airlines Center with 5 Miles, a Dallas-based app where buyers and sellers can trade goods.

    "We've never done anything as big, as far as a branding and advertising, so this is definitely a big step up for us," said Garwin Chan, the chief financial officer for 5 Miles.

    The announcement of the partnership comes just weeks after allegations of sexual misconduct against former Mavs team president Terdema Ussery.

    "I think any negative headlines you see with a partner right before you announce a partnership is always going to have some impact," Chan said.

    However, 5 Miles moved forward with the deal.

    "We find Mark [Cuban]'s team to truthful, and they were very upfront with us as far as what going on, and how they are responding to it, so we've been able to take comfort in that," Chan said.

    The orange "5 Miles" logo will soon be placed in the arena and on the Mavs players' jerseys.

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Holiday Scores 30 as Pelicans Beat Mavericks]]>Sun, 04 Mar 2018 20:42:55 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Jrue Holiday scored 30 points, Nikola Mirotic added 24 in a rare start and the New Orleans Pelicans won their eighth in a row, 126-109 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.

    On a night when his jumper wasn't falling, Anthony Davis had 23 points and 13 rebounds, scoring most of his points from inside 5 feet.

    Holiday scored 19 in the first half as the Pelicans held a double-digit lead for most of the last three quarters, save for one fleeting Dallas run at the start of the fourth.

    New Orleans has averaged 127 points during its streak and cleared 118 in all eight games.

    Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 23 points for the Mavericks, passing Elvin Hayes for eighth all-time in field goals with 10,980.

    Dallas opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to get within 91-87, with Kyle Collinsworth scoring on a three-point play and Nowitzki and J.J. Barea hitting 3-pointers. After calling timeout, New Orleans answered with 10 straight points, including 3s by Holiday and Mirotic.

    Dennis Smith Jr. also scored 23 for Dallas, which has lost three straight and 17 of 21.

    Nowitzki scored 11 points in the first quarter, including a 3 at the buzzer, but New Orleans led 33-25 after one.

    Holiday took advantage of the smaller Dallas guards to get inside, scoring 19 in the first half. Mirotic hit three 3s in a 19-8 run to start the second quarter, which gave the Pelicans their biggest lead at 19.

    Dallas got within 10 in the third quarter and had the ball, but Smith threw away an outlet pass, and Davis and Ian Clark scored all of the Pelicans' points in a subsequent 12-4 run.


    Pelicans: Emeka Okafor sat out with a sprained right ankle. It was just the third time Okafor has not played since signing with the Pelicans on Feb. 3 after five seasons out of the NBA. "It's just one of those things that it's better to have one more day to recover from than stick him out there," coach Alvin Gentry said. Mirotic started in Okafor's place.

    Mavericks: The Mavericks were without Wesley Matthews, who had a left hip injury. ... Scotty Hopson, signed Monday to a 10-day contract, saw his first action for the Mavericks after entering the game with 4:57 left in the first quarter. ... Coach Rick Carlisle said it's possible Dorian Finney-Smith could return to action later this week. Finney-Smith has missed 55 games with left quadriceps tendinitis.


    Pelicans: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

    Mavericks: Host Denver on Tuesday.

    <![CDATA[One-on-One with Maverick's new CEO Cynthia Marshall]]>Sat, 03 Mar 2018 22:32:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_CEO_1_on_1_2018_03_03_22_02_23.jpg

    NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs talks with the Dallas Maverick's new CEO Cynthia Marshall.]]>
    <![CDATA[Portis Leads Late Rally, Bulls Beat Mavs]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:53:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Bobby Portis scored 22 points and made three straight shots during the decisive run late in the fourth quarter to help the Chicago Bulls roar back and beat the Dallas Mavericks 108-100 on Friday night.

    Portis had 15 in the second half and Chicago used a 16-4 run in the final five minutes to end a five-game losing streak.

    Kris Dunn finished with 18 points and rookie Lauri Markkanen had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Chicago won for just the third time in 16 games.

    Harrison Barnes scored 26 points and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 25 as Dallas lost for the 13th time in 16 games. The Mavericks have dropped six straight on the road.

    Portis made a layup with 4:09 left to tie it at 96, then hit a turnaround jumper with 3:44 remaining to give Chicago its first lead. Portis followed up with a layup to make it 100-96.

    Then 3-point shots by Dunn and Markkanen and a jumper by Zach LaVine, who had 16 points, sent the Bulls to the win.

    Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points. The 39-year-old German's season high was 22 against the Lakers on Feb. 10.

    For most of the game, Smith stood out against Markkanen in a matchup of 20-year-old rookies. Markkanen entered fourth in rookie scoring (14.8 points per game) and Smith fifth (14.6).

    Dallas settled for a 49-47 lead at the half after opening an 11-point lead in the first quarter and 14-point advantage in the second. The Mavericks raced ahead 10-0 just 3:12 in on Barnes' driving dunk and went up 21-10 on Smith's jumper with 4:51 left.

    Dallas stretched the lead to 42-28 on JJ Barea's 3-pointer 4:04 into the second quarter, but an 11-0 run, capped by LaVine's three-point play, got the Bulls back into the game.

    The Mavericks made their first five field goal attempts of the third, including consecutive 3s by Wesley Matthews, Smith and Barnes to open the lead to 62-52. Dallas stretched the lead to 73-59 on Smith's running layup midway through the quarter.


    Mavericks: Smith scored 15 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting. . Barnes scored in 13 in the first half, going 6 for 12 from the floor. . Forward Nerlens Noel played 15 minutes in his second game back from thumb surgery.

    Bulls: Center Robin Lopez was inactive for a fifth straight game. . Forward Jarell Eddie, who was signed to a 10-day contract, was assigned to the G League Windy City Bulls on Friday.


    Three of four NBA players from Ames, Iowa were in the building. Barnes and fellow Dallas forward Doug McDermott, along with Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, all attended Ames High School. Hoiberg went on to play at Iowa State, located in Ames, before 10 NBA seasons. He returned to Iowa State to coach for six seasons.

    Dick Gibbs, 69, was the first Ames high school prrduct to play in the NBA (1971-76)


    Mavericks: Host New Orleans on Sunday night in the opener of a four-game homestand.

    Bulls: Host Boston on Monday night.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Westbrook Hits 30 on OT Clincher as Thunder Top Mavs]]>Wed, 28 Feb 2018 23:37:28 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Russell Westbrook didn't waste much time putting just his second single-digit scoring game of the season behind him.

    The Oklahoma City star won it with the play that wrapped up his 20th game with at least 30 points.

    Westbrook's go-ahead three-point play in the final minute of overtime put him at 30, and the Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-110 on Wednesday night.

    Westbrook, who had 11 rebounds and seven assists, drove for the tying layup and made the free throw with 38 seconds left in OT to help the playoff-contending Thunder salvage a four-game split of the season series against a one-time postseason rival now among the NBA's worst teams.

    The reigning MVP had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first quarter after scoring eight in a win over Orlando. Westbrook cooled off from there and missed all five of his 3-pointers, but scored seven of Oklahoma City's 11 points in overtime.

    "Just keep going, man," said Westbrook, who was 11 of 25 from the field and made eight of nine free throws. "Regardless of missed or made shots, my mentality never changes throughout the game and I always continue to stay in attack mode."

    Dwight Powell forced overtime at 100-all with a follow shot at the buzzer to match his career high with 21 points. It was the first points for Dallas since Powell's alley-oop dunk with 4 minutes remaining.

    Harrison Barnes scored 26 points for the Mavericks, who beat the Thunder in the Western Conference finals in 2011 before getting swept in the first round by them as defending champions a year later.

    "People look at their record and think they aren't a very good team," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. "They are a good basketball team. They have not been able to close out some games."

    Dallas had a chance to win in overtime on an inbound play with 6 seconds left, but could only get a desperation jumper at the buzzer from rookie Dennis Smith Jr., who scored the first eight Dallas points in the extra period and finished with 17.

    "The last shot was a tough shot but a makeable shot," Smith said. "Learn from it, learn from it. You can look at it as a loss or a lesson."

    The Mavericks almost turned it over on the final possession of regulation but Wesley Matthews kept the play alive before missing a wild layup, with Powell grabbing the rebound on the other side of the basket and laying it in.

    Carmelo Anthony had put the Thunder ahead with 1:23 to go on a layup after three offensive rebounds on the same possession, including two from Steven Adams.

    Paul George had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Adams had nine points and 12 boards.


    Thunder: F Jerami Grant was called for a flagrant foul for a swipe at the head when Powell made a layup in the first half. ... The Thunder outrebounded the Mavericks 56-36, including a 19-8 edge on offensive rebounds.

    Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, who is sixth on the NBA scoring list, reached 31,000 points with his patented one-legged fadeway in the middle of the second quarter. The 39-year-old German, in his 20th season, all with the Mavericks, finished with 12 points. ... Powell led Dallas with eight rebounds. ... J.J. Barea scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter and matched Westbrook with a game-high seven assists.


    Dallas center Nerlens Noel had four points, three rebounds and four fouls in 16 minutes in his return after missing 42 games following surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. He was rusty, failing to get off a shot on two alley-oops and missing another attempt. He led Dallas with three first-half turnovers, but had a highlight in the second half with a block on a soaring Westbrook going for a layup.

    Before the injury was announced in December, Noel had appeared to fall out of favor with coach Rick Carlisle. The first six of those 42 missed games were listed as coaching decisions. He's playing on a one-year contract after he couldn't agree on a long-term deal with the Mavericks, who acquired him at the trading deadline last season.


    Westbrook has gone without a 3 in four of the past six games and is 2 of 24 (8 percent) from long range in that span. The slump has dropped the career 31 percent shooter from 3 to 28 percent for the season.


    Thunder: At Phoenix on Friday.

    Mavericks: At Chicago on Friday, the only road game in a stretch of seven games.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Carlisle Doing his Part to Support new Mavs Interim CEO Cynthia Marshall]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 22:57:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RICK_CARLISLE_ON_HELP_MARSHALL_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1172337731977.jpg

    Mavericks hired Cynthia Marshall to be the new Interim CEO. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle says he will do his part to help Marshall clean up the organization.]]>
    <![CDATA[Reaction to Earl K. Sneed’s interview with Jacques Taylor]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 22:52:54 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    NBC 5's Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys insider Jacques Taylor discuss Earl K Sneed and his domestic violence incidents and if it's possible for him to redeem himself.]]>
    <![CDATA[Former Mavs.com Reporter Discusses Domestic Violence Incidents, Relationship with Mark Cuban]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 18:14:07 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    In a wide-ranging 30-minute interview on Cowboys’ Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor’s radio show, former Mavs.com reporter Earl K. Sneed talks about why the team fired him and the Mavs’ work-place environment.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Allegations Could Dog Cuban Political Future]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 05:09:30 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark+Cuban+MTP.png

    Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and driving force behind TV's "Shark Tank," has for months teased the notion of running for president in 2020 in a campaign that could mirror President Donald Trump's blend of reality television and politics in a ride to the White House.

    But Cuban's would-be political career could be derailed before it even gets started by sexual harassment and misconduct allegations within his team. The allegations range from a history of sexually suggestive remarks by a former team executive, to another employee being accused of domestic assault.

    They leave Cuban facing deep questions about his leadership and how a team owner with a reputation for meticulous attention to detail could not be aware of nearly two decades of problems.

    At his first public appearance since allegations were first reported by Sports Illustrated on Feb. 20, Cuban on Monday deflected questions about how much he knew was going on under his watch. The Mavericks have hired outside investigators to look into the allegations raised by the magazine.

    Cuban said he's talked to the investigators who will issue a report. He previously had told SI, "this is all new to me."

    "Today's not the time for me to talk about anything," Cuban said Monday. "This is about us moving forward."

    Cuban has dangled the prospect of a 2020 presidential run and seems to relish the attention. In several interviews, he has said he is "seriously considering" or "actively considering" it.

    He's wealthy enough to cast an aura of not being beholden to special interest. With more than 7 million Twitter followers, he's brash and outspoken both in the media and on social media, where he's taken potshots at Trump and his policies. He's a star on ABC's "Shark Tank," where he critiques hopeful entrepreneurs' business ideas. He's even explored a corner of the reality TV universe Trump never did: Turns and dips on "Dancing With the Stars."

    "Donald Trump's election as president encouraged all kinds of people with fame and success but no real political experience to be thinking, `I can do it too,"' said Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

    That it took Cuban a week to hold a news conference on the allegations after they were first reported indicates he's got a long way to go as a politician, Jillson said.

    "If Mark Cuban were serious (about running), he would already have a half-dozen people whose job it is to lay the ground work to react ... There would already be a war room," Jillson said. "A person in the post-Trump world that thinks you can stagger your way to a nomination ... that was a one-off deal."

    Like Trump, Cuban's politics are pliable enough that it would be hard to mold him into a Republican or Democratic platform in the primaries. Cuban endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and had a front-row seat at one of the televised debates to support her. But he also has said if he does run he would probably be a Republican because he considers himself a fiscal conservative and a centrist on social issues.

    Trump, "tapped into a populism in the GOP electorate that was under-represented. Cuban's more centrist views don't seem to be in line with a similar phenomenon in a Democratic primary," said Tim Miller, a former spokesman for Jeb Bush's 2016 campaign.

    "Someone like (Cuban) would be a very tough out for the president," Miller said, adding he didn't know enough about the allegations within the Mavericks to comment on their potential damage to Cuban.

    Trump was elected in 2016 despite facing a cascade of accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, while Cuban hasn't faced any personal misconduct allegations.

    But the claims of an abusive culture thriving within the Mavericks have surfaced in the "MeToo" movement of women speaking out and standing up against sexual harassment and misconduct, a wave that has taken down powerful men in Hollywood, business, the media and politics.

    A problem for Cuban could be that his national brand is built upon the Mavericks and any major crack in that foundation could prove costly.

    The impact of the team's allegations has yet to be measured against Cuban's business and media interests. Sponsors haven't bailed on his team or his television show. Two days after the Sports Illustrated report, Cuban pulled out of a scheduled appearance next month at the South by Southwest music, technology and film festival in Austin. Festival organizers said it was Cuban's choice to cancel.

    Even if Cuban can show he was unaware of misconduct and reacted swiftly to correct it, the episode has already created a new target in politics, said Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak. Media and political strategists from both parties will be looking into how Cuban runs his businesses. Any lawsuits or complaints will get new scrutiny, Mackowiak added.

    "There may be nothing more, but all those things become much more relevant, more interesting, more valuable," Mackowiak said. "The best thing he could do right now is say `I'm not running for president in 2020' and figure out how to get the Mavericks in the playoffs next season."

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: 'MTP']]>
    <![CDATA[Barnes, Barea Lead Mavericks to Win Over Pacers]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 22:49:39 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Harrison-Barnes-2017-09-25-15-38-16.jpg

    Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, J.J. Barea added 19 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Indiana Pacers 109-103 Monday night.

    The Mavericks ended a four-game losing streak and stopped Indiana's four-game winning streak. They also swept the two-game season series.

    Doug McDermott had 15 points for Dallas, and Dwight Powell added 10 points and 14 rebounds.

    Myles Turner led Indiana with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Turner played high school ball nearby at Euless Trinity and his only college season at Texas.

    Victor Oladipo scored 21 for the Pacers despite playing only 23 minutes because of foul trouble.

    The Mavericks, held to 40 percent shooting through three quarters, hit 10 of their first 13 shots in the fourth, five of them 3-pointers, to build a 93-80 lead.

    Oladipo helped lead Indiana back. He scored 13 in the fourth quarter, and his free throw with 45.1 seconds left pulled Indiana to 99-97.

    But Wesley Matthews hit a 3 with 32.4 seconds remaining to restore a five-point lead, and the Mavericks put the game away by making seven of eight free throws in the final 21 seconds.

    Oladipo missed the previous meeting, a 98-94 Dallas win on Dec. 27, with a knee injury and played just 14 minutes over the first three quarters this time, picking up two quick fouls early in the game and never getting into a rhythm until late.

    Dallas ended the first half on a 9-0 run to lead 49-43 at the break. Oladipo played just 11 minutes before halftime.

    The Pacers answered with an 11-0 spurt early in the third quarter to take a 54-52 lead, and the game see-sawed the rest of the period until McDermott banked in a 3 at the buzzer to put Dallas up 68-65.


    Pacers: Oladipo's 1,303 points are the most he's scored in any of his five NBA seasons, and he still has 22 games to go. ... Indiana has outrebounded its opponent in the last five games after being outrebounded in 11 straight.

    Mavericks: The club named former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall interim CEO prior to the game. Marshall sat courtside next to owner Mark Cuban. ... The team honored founder Donald Carter, who died Feb. 14 at age 84, with a moment of silence before the game and a video tribute during the first quarter. ... Dallas signed Scotty Hopson to a 10-day contract. Hopson, who most recently was playing professionally in Turkey, has played only two NBA games in his career, with Cleveland in 2014.


    Pacers: At the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

    Mavericks: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Introduce Interim CEO Cynthia Marshall]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:56:00 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Mavericks_Announce_New_CEO_1200x675_1171105347727.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban introduces former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall as interim CEO.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Announce New CEO Amid Front Office Controversy]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 20:06:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cynthia+Marshall.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks named former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall interim CEO Monday.

    The announcement comes a week after allegations of sexual misconduct against former team president Terdema Ussery in a report that also painted a picture of a wider culture of a hostile workplace for women in the franchise.

    Our media partners at The Dallas Morning News report that, "Marshall was senior vice president-human resources for AT&T and also took on the additional role of chief diversity officer in 2015, according to a company news release. She was named one of the top 50 most powerful women in corporate America by Black Enterprise magazine."

    Owner Mark Cuban said Monday his mind was made up on hiring Marshall when he was told, "the most devastating day at AT&T was when (Marshall) left."

    Marshall was senior vice president of human resources at AT&T when she took on the additional role of chief diversity officer in 2015. She had more than 30 years of telecommunications experience going back to 1981 with Pacific Bell.

    Sports Illustrated reported Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015, a job he left after less than six months.

    The SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice involved in domestic assault cases while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed and former human resources director Buddy Pittman were fired in the wake of the report.

    "I'm honored to have been asked by Mark to join him in addressing some very serious issues," said Marshall, who retired from AT&T last May. "I'm very saddened that issues of domestic violence and sexual harassment are so prominent in our society and allegations have surfaced once again in our organization."

    Experts tell NBC 5 that transparency will be important moving forward, if the Mavs want to make things right with employees, the alleged victims and fans.

    The Mavericks hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgram to lead an independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgram is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former New Jersey attorney general.

    The NBA has said it will closely monitor the investigation.

    Two women say Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women's calves and thighs during meetings.

    Asked how much he knew about the team's investigation into similar allegations against Ussery two years before he bought the team in 1998, Cuban didn't say much.

    "All of that will come out from the investigative report, so I'll defer to that," Cuban said.

    The team plans to establish a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees, and Cuban has said he is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. The NBA announced plans for a similar hotline a few days after the SI report.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
    <![CDATA[Jazz Edge Mavericks 97-90 for 12th Win in 13 Games]]>Sat, 24 Feb 2018 23:31:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Donovan Mitchell had 25 points, five rebounds and five assists, and the Utah Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-90 on Saturday night for their 12th win in 13 games.

    Derrick Favors scored 14 points for Utah (31-29), which had won 11 in a row before Friday night's 100-81 loss to Portland. Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

    J.J. Barea scored 17 points for lowly Dallas, and Dirk Nowitzki had 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Mavericks (18-42) lost for the 14th time in 18 games.

    After tying it up three times in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks finally took an 87-85 lead on a jumper from Barea. But Utah answered with an 8-0 run, punctuated by a Gobert dunk, to go ahead 93-87 with 2:32 remaining.

    Utah strung together an 18-6 run to take a double-digit lead before the end of the first quarter. Jae Crowder drove for a pair of baskets and pulled up for a 3-pointer to help fuel the surge. His third basket gave the Jazz a 33-18 lead.

    Dallas erased Utah's advantage before halftime. Doug McDermott scored back-to-back baskets and Barea followed with a layup to ignite a 15-0 run for the Mavericks. Dwight Powell gave Dallas its first lead on a pair of free throws and then finished off the run with a hook shot to put the Mavericks ahead 49-42.

    Utah missed 11 of 13 shots to open the second quarter before closing out the half on an 11-1 run. The Jazz took a 53-50 halftime lead after Mitchell capped the spurt with his second 3-pointer of the night.


    Mavericks: Barea made his 500th 3-pointer with Dallas. He is just the eighth player to reach 500 3-pointers with the team. . McDermott scored nine of his 12 points in the second quarter.

    Jazz: Joe Ingles recorded his 150th 3-pointer of the season in just 60 games. Ingles is No. 3 among Jazz players for most 3-pointers in a single season, trailing only Randy Foye (178) and Rodney Hood (161). ... Utah outscored Dallas 11-0 in fast-break points during the first half and finished with a 15-3 advantage.


    Mavericks: Host the Pacers on Monday.

    Jazz: Host the Rockets on Monday.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Mavs Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. Named in College B-Ball Probe]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:05:52 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NCAA__Investigation_2018_02_23_17_16_16.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. is among the players named in a federal probe that links to a sports agency accused of giving players money during their college career.]]>
    <![CDATA[Scruggs and Sefko Discuss Mavs Controversies ]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:42:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy+sefko+mavs.jpg

    NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News discuss the latest controversies surround the Mavericks. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks Back on the Court Amid Controversy]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:22:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_mavs_investigation_1200x675_1169001027963.jpg

    The Mavericks are back on the court for the first time since the All-Star break against the Los Angeles Lakers amid controversy surrounding the organization. NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs has more from Los Angeles. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavericks' Smith Among Names Listed in NCAA Investigation]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:45:48 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_dennis_smith_investigation_1200x675_1168939587891.jpg

    NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs has more on the NCAA investigation that involves Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. According to FBI documents, Smith is among the names listed that received payments from a sports agency. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Rick Carlisle Talks Tanking and Mark Cuban's Comments]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:37:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RICK_ON_CUBAN_TANKING_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1168277059663.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle details his conversation with owner Mark Cuban after Cuban was fined $600,000 for making comments about his team tanking.]]>
    <![CDATA[Nowitzki Disagrees With Mark Cuban About Tanking Comments]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 00:35:51 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIRK_AINT_TANKING_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1168230467604.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for making comments about his team tanking. Dirk Nowitzki says he’s not having any of that.]]>
    <![CDATA[Rick Carlisle Speaks On Mavs Allegations]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:36:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_MAVS_ALLEGATIONS_FOR_WEB_2_1200x675_1167161923956.jpg

    Sports Illustrated put out a report about an alleged inappropriate workplace misconduct within the Dallas Mavericks organization. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle shared his thought on the report and how the organization will handle it.]]>
    <![CDATA[Nowitzki Disgusted About Workplace Environment Accusation]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:38:53 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIRK_ON_MAVS_ALLEGATIONS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1167155779583.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki addressed the media about allegations of workplace misconduct.]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs Owner Cuban Fined $600K for 'Tanking' Comments]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:18:41 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Says_Mavs_Will_Honor_Flag_1200x675_1074356803707.jpg

    The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

    Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for "public statements detrimental to the NBA." The league said the podcast with Erving was posted Sunday, the day the All-Star game was played in Los Angeles.

    Cuban said during the 30-minute interview that he met recently with some of his players and told them "losing is our best option." Cuban was trying to illustrate to Erving how he believes he is a transparent owner.

    "I'm probably not supposed to say this, but I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night," Cuban said. "And here we are. We weren't competing for the playoffs. I was like, `Look, losing is our best option.'

    "Adam would hate to be hearing that. But at least I sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans are going to be this summer, that we're not going to tank again. This is like a year and a half of tanking. That was too brutal for me."

    The Mavericks dumped veterans Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut around the trading deadline last season and had their highest draft pick (No. 9) since ending up with Dirk Nowitzki from that spot in 1998. They drafted rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., one of the league's rising stars.

    After trading veteran guard Devin Harris to Denver at the deadline this season, Dallas (18-40) is tied for the fewest wins in the NBA and among seven teams with 18 or 19 victories at the All-Star break.

    The latest fine surpasses the $500,000 Cuban was docked in 2002 for criticizing former director of officials Ed Rush, saying he wouldn't hire Rush to manage a Dairy Queen. Cuban has been fined more than $2 million, a lot of it for criticizing refs.

    "I earned it," Cuban told The Associated Press when asked about the latest fine. "I got excited talking to Dr. J and said something I shouldn't have."

    The fine came a day after Cuban's franchise was accused of having a hostile workplace for women in a Sports Illustrated report that detailed allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery.

    Cuban said he was embarrassed by the allegations and vowed to improve the club's work environment. He is hiring outside counsel to investigate the claims and requiring everyone to undergo sensitivity training, including himself. The NBA has said it will monitor the investigation closely.

    The team fired website reporter Earl Sneed, who was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the team. Sneed pleaded guilty over the first incident, and the charge was dismissed after he met conditions of the plea agreement. Cuban told ESPN it was a mistake not to fire Sneed earlier.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Report: Former Mavs President Harassed Employees for Years]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:56:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.

    Sports Illustrated spoke to sources who said Ussery had several incidents of inappropriate workplace behavior, including unwanted touching and lewd sexual comments. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015.

    Ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI.

    The Mavericks released a statement ahead of the publication of the Sports Illustrated report, saying the team "only learned of the scope of these complaints in the past days."

    "The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously. Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation. The investigation will focus on the specific allegations related to this former employee, and will look more broadly at our company's workplace practices and policies," owner Mark Cuban said in the team's statement.

    NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs spoke to a former Mavericks employee who said she had several unpleasant encounters with Ussery. She added Cuban's comments about not knowing what was going on are false.

    The report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.

    The team said Sneed had been fired, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine's report. Pittman and Sneed declined to comment to SI.

    According to a probable cause affidavit filed in court, Sneed got into an argument about headphones with the woman with whom he lived in 2011. The woman told police he grabbed the woman by her wrists, slammed her against a wall, sat on her and slapped her in the face and chest. She told officers he said, "I'm going to f-----g kick your a--. Today is gonna be the worst day of your life."

    Police wrote the woman suffered a fractured wrist and bruises.

    The woman told NBC 5 on Wednesday it was gut-wrenching to read the account again after seven years, but said she was glad people knew. She also told NBC 5 she emailed the Mavericks organization to warn them Sneed abused her and had a warrant out for his arrest in 2011.

    Sports Illustrated reported Sneed later dated another woman in the organization who reportedly told HR about Sneed hitting her.

    Sneed remained with the organization until Tuesday night after the Sports Illustrated article was published.

    Tuesday night Sneed tweeted to thank the Mavericks and MFFL (Mavs Fans For Life), saying, "Not sure what God has in store for me next, but thank you to the Dallas Mavericks and every MFFL for seven amazing full-time years. It was the best time, but all good things must come to an end. Be blessed."

    The report also said the Mavericks' VP of Marketing at the time of the allegations involving Ussery, Paul Monroe, threatened to fire one woman who complained about Ussery. She told SI that Monroe told her to "just take" the abuse from Ussery.

    Ussery, who left the team in 2015, still owns a home in Dallas. NBC 5 was unable to reach him for direct comment on Wednesday.

    Pittman's wife answered the door at his home and told a reporter her husband is an "honorable man" and that she believes the truth would eventually come out. She took a message for her husband, but Pittman didn't call for comment.

    Monroe now works for another North Texas organization. Voice messages left for Monroe at his office and on a family member's mobile phone were not returned Wednesday.

    The NBA said the Mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving Ussery and Sneed.

    "This alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the NBA and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees," the league said. "Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter."

    The Mavericks said Wednesday they hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgrim to lead the independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgrim is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former former New Jersey attorney general.

    SI contacted six female former Mavericks or American Airlines Center employees who claimed they left the sports sector because of a structure that left them feeling vulnerable and devalued while protecting powerful men who misbehaved. A male former department head said there was "built-in protection for a lot of men."

    A woman who had recently been hired as a support staffer said Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to her in the media dining room before a game during the 2010-11 season, when the Mavericks won their only NBA championship. The woman said she had been told by others to be wary of Ussery.

    "Obviously there's a problem in the Mavericks organization and we've got to fix it," Cuban told the magazine. "I'm embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed."

    Two women claimed the Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women's calves and thighs during meetings.

    Ussery had left Nike to join the Mavericks and had previously served as commissioner of the old Continental Basketball Association. He was praised by former NBA Commissioner David Stern and served as the Mavericks' alternate governor with the league.

    "I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me," Ussery told The Associated Press. "During my nearly 20-year tenure with the Mavericks, I am not aware of any sexual harassment complaints about me or any findings by the organization that I engaged in inappropriate conduct."

    Ussery said he had raised concerns about other Mavericks employees who he said engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct and the organization didn't address those concerns.

    "I believe these misleading claims about me are part of an attempt to shift blame for the failure to remove employees who created an uncomfortable and hostile work environment within the Mavericks organization," Ussery said.

    Cuban said in the statement that the organization will provide support for current and former Mavericks employees who were affected and will conduct training to ensure a safe workplace.

    "We are committed — to our employees, our team and our fans — to meet the goals of dignity, security and fairness that define the Dallas Mavericks," Cuban said.

    Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

    <![CDATA[Don Carter, Mavericks Co-Founder, Dies at Age 84]]>Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:56:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1518696000-NM_4BigHat.jpg

    Don Carter, the owner who was instrumental in bringing the NBA to Dallas with the expansion Mavericks in 1980, has died. He was 84.

    The Dallas County medical examiner said he died Wednesday night. The cause was not disclosed.

    Carter co-founded the franchise with Norm Sonju, the club's first president. Carter sold majority interest to Ross Perot Jr. in 1996 but kept a minority stake.

    The Mavericks were a model franchise in the early days, quickly becoming a contender and reaching the Western Conference finals in 1988 before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.

    When Dallas won the franchise's only championship in 2011, owner Mark Cuban invited Carter to celebrate with the team on the court in Miami. Commissioner David Stern handed the trophy to Carter, who was wearing his trademark white cowboy hat that was part of the team's early logo.

    Cuban, who bought the team in 2000, called Carter and his wife, Linda, the "guiding lights for the organization."

    "To say he will be missed does not do justice to just how important Mr. C has been to the Dallas Mavericks and the city of Dallas," he said.

    The Mavericks will honor Carter with a moment of silence before their next home game, Feb. 26 against Indiana.

    Carter remained a regular at courtside after selling the team, but his appearances slipped in recent months because of declining health. He wasn't there when the Mavericks retired guard Derek Harper's number last month.

    Harper was among the early star players for Carter, along with Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman.

    Carter and Sonju negotiated with the NBA for months before the league agreed to let Carter pay half of the $12 million expansion fee in two early installments rather than requiring all $6 million up front.

    The team was introduced on May 1, 1980, in downtown Dallas near the site of Reunion Arena, which was the team's home for 21 seasons. Carter told The Dallas Morning News in 2005 that part of his decision to acquire a franchise was as a present to his wife, who had been a standout high school basketball player.

    Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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    <![CDATA[Randolph Keys Big First Half as Kings Top Mavericks]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:12:22 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

    Zach Randolph scored 22 points, and the Sacramento Kings used a big first half to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-109 on Tuesday night.

    Bogdan Bogdanovich added 19 points for the Kings, who have won four of five in Dallas after losing 22 in a row here from 2003 to 2016. Seven Kings scored in double figures.

    J.J. Barea led the Mavericks with 19 points, and Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell each scored 18.

    Randolph scored 18 in the first half, helping Sacramento to a 65-44 lead at the break. The Kings dominated the paint in the first two quarters, scoring 40 points, while the Mavericks shot just 35 percent.

    The Kings extended the lead to 26 with the first five points of the second half before Dallas put together a 17-3 run fueled by four 3-pointers.

    But Sacramento had an 88-71 advantage after three, and then opened the final quarter with a 9-0 run to match its largest lead. The Mavericks kept chipping away for the entire quarter and closed with a 30-11 run to make the final score close.

    Eight minutes into the game, Randolph had outscored the cold-shooting Mavericks all by himself, 11-8.

    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle replaced his entire lineup at one point in the second quarter, only to see the Mavs get beaten twice by the Kings for offensive rebounds that set up Garrett Temple's 3 that made it 46-28.


    Kings: Carlisle said the 41-year-old Vince Carter's longevity was "beyond belief. ... He's still playing at a good level. You've got to guard him." Carter played for the Mavericks from 2011-14.

    Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Barea returned after missing Sunday night's loss to Houston due to various minor injuries. ... Matthews became the seventh Dallas player to hit 500 3-pointers with the team with his two in the first half. ... Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 points. Smith will join three others in the Verizon Slam Dunk contest Saturday in Los Angeles during All-Star weekend.


    Kings: At Houston on Wednesday for the second half of a back-to-back.

    Mavericks: Nine days off before visiting the Lakers on Feb. 23.

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    <![CDATA[Mavs' Ferrell Takes Time to Read to Fort Worth Students ]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:53:26 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs+ferrell+reading.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks Guard Yogi Ferrell recently took a time out to sit down and read with students at the Fort Worth Library as part of the Mavericks' Reading Challenge. ]]>
    <![CDATA[Mavs CEO Celebrates Change in Workplace Culture]]>Fri, 17 Aug 2018 21:49:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cyn-marshall-interview-aac.jpg

    Dallas Mavericks CEO completes 100-day plan to change workplace culture while awaiting final report of allegations of a sexual harassment scandal in the front office.

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